In Honor of All Veterans 2006

Mr. P

VIP Member
Aug 5, 2004
South of the Mason Dixon
*Since Saturday is the day and many members checkout for the weekend, I decided to post this afternoon.*

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.

In 2004 I invited CSM to contribute to this project. CSM is, as far as I know, the longest serving Veteran here. I am pleased he accepted my invitation to contribute, and this year agreed to a repost of his writing. Thanks CSM!

I have added all the new members since last year that are Veterans or active duty that have responded to my request for information. I have listed everyone in the order of response. I hope no one was left out.
Also, a special thanks to the families and spouses of all our service men and women current and former. You do not go unnoticed, your support and sacrifice are more valuable than you will ever know.

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

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.

So, 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 so much, "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 salute 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.​



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; 57th MP Co, Camp Carroll, Waegwon South Korea; HHC I Corps, Fort Lewis, WA
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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


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

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Branch: United States Army

Date/s: Feb 1985 - Apr 1992

Rank: SGT/E5


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

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Branch: United States Navy

Date/s: 1979-1984

Rank: Photographers Mate 3rd class


Other info:

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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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Branch: United States Air Force

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

Rank: SSgt (E-5)


Other info:
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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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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: 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nv
61st Tactical Fighter Training Wing, MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL

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

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Branch: United States Navy

Date/s: Active, August 2002 - present.

Rank: E-4


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?


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Branch: United States Army

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

Rank: CW4 (Chief Warrant Officer)


Other info: * Ben passed away on 9/11/05. I know he is missed on the board and the Country lost a patriot.

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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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Branch: United States Air Force

Date/s: Served from 86 to 91.

Rank: Senior Airman


Other info:

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Branch: United States Army

Date/s: 1992 - 1997

Rank: Sergeant E-5


Other info:
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Branch: United States Navy

Date/s: July 1989 - July 1993

Rank: Petty Officer Third Class


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

Branch: United States Navy

Date/s: 1969 - 1989

Rank: Lt. Commander


Other info:
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Branch: United States Marine Corps

Date/s: 1981-2003

Rank: Master Sergeant


Other info:


Branch: Army National Guard (Wisconsin)

Date/s: June 30, 2005-present

Rank: PV2

Unit: 32nd MP Company (currently attending monthly drill at Co.C RSP, until ship for BCT)

Other info: MOS: 31b


Branch: United States Air Force

Date/s: 1981 - 1994

Rank: Master Sergeant (E-7)


Other info: 20270 - Radio Intercept Analysis Technician
20770 - Communications Collection/Systems
20771 - Morse Systems Supervisor
20772 - Printer Systems Supervisor

Kelly AFB, Texas - 1981
Keelsler AFB, MS - 1981-1982
Clark AB, Phillippines - 1982 - 1988
San Vito Air Station, Italy - 1988-1994

Branch: United States Army

Date/s: August 1990- October 1999

Rank: Cpl


Other info: Military Police (95B)

Branch: United States Army

Date/s: 1964-1968

Rank: Sp E-5/ Sgt E-5/ OCS 2nd Lt


Other info: resigned commission went back to E-5 to be with the guys...being a 2nd Lt was like being a Pvt...the brass ignored ya as well as the enlisted...was 11 Echo 40 tank commander...and armor intell...and

Branch: United States Marine Corps

Date/s: 80 - 2000

Rank: GySgt


Other info: 0369



Branch: United States Air Force

Date/s: 1999-2003

Rank: Staff Sergeant


Other info: 3C2(TechControl)

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Branch: United States Air Force

Date/s: Nov '79 to Jul '00

Rank: Master Sergeant


Other info: Missile Maintenance


Branch: United States Army

Date/s: 1966- 1967

Rank:Sgt E-5

Unit: 1st Cav Div

Other Info: 100% disabled by the VA.



Branch: United States Navy

Date/s: 5/86 – 7/99

Rank: E-6 AO1(AW)

Unit: Unit, well damn I had a few during my tenure

Other info: Aviation Ordnance (AW) Air Warfare. Go Ordnance!


Branch: United States Army

Date/s: 1965 – 1968

Rank: Specialist 4th class. E-4,

Unit: Supreme Headquarter Allied Powers Europa. The political arm of NATO. Headquartered in Mons' Belgium.
Other info: 72B40 ASA

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.
Unit Chemical, Biological, Radiological warfare Officer


Veterans Day 2006

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 to reflect on those who have given, and those who have given everything in order for us to enjoy our way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Please, remember those two words, "Thank You", 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******​
Thanks Mr. P...stellar job as always!

Thanks to you all who have served and are still serving. Most especially, thanks to the families who support our military folks.
I don't know of any serviceWOMEN on this board, so I'll just say that all you men have my gratitude and respect. :salute:
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Some of Americas’ best! All volunteers, we were still in Vietnam at the time.
Why would anyone do this? Patriots every one, young men among men,
a love of Country, devotion to duty.

Service and respect for….

Those who went before me, showing the way with courage and honor.

Those who went with me.

Those who follow behind me.

Those who are missing never to be found.

Those who gave all, while asking nothing in return.

You will always be remembered my friends my brothers.

I salute you all.
Thanks you guys from the son of the best damned pilot in the Air Force. I'm sure he's flying his P-51 right now in the great beyond.......Thanks Dad, you were the best.

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