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 "SOME GAVE ALL"
Billy Ray Cyrus

What is a Veteran?

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 holdinga bone together,
a piece of shrapnel in the leg -

or perhaps another
sort of inner steel:
the soul's
ally 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 is 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 is 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 is the POW who
went away one person
and came back another -
or didn't come back AT ALL.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

He is an ordinary and yet
an extraordinary human being
-a person who offered some of his 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 is a soldier and a savior and
a sword against the darkness,
and he is nothing more than the finest,
greatest testimony on
behalf of the finest,
the 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 couldhave been
awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot,

"THANK YOU."

author-
Father Denis Edward O'Brien
USMC

IN MEMORY.....

And a Salute to those
Who are still with us
And to those not named
God Knows who you are !!!!

Honor Roll

King Phillip's War
Colonial Wars
French Indian War
American Revolution
War of 1812
Mexican War
Civil War
World War 1
Spanish American War
World War 11
Korean Conflict
Vietnam
Grenada
Desert Storm
Served During Peace Time
September 11, 2001 and beyond

If , when you visit these pages and you would
Like some names added
...please just send me a note
and I will be glad to post your name to the list

Email

Tribute to Alexander K. Ogilvie
2nd Lt. USMA AEF

Poems and Dedications

Whispers In The Wind

 

 

IT IS SAD THAT THERE IS NO NATIONAL WAR
MEMORIAL FOR WORLD WAR II
HELP ME SAY THANK YOU
TO ALL WHO SERVED
BEFORE THERE IS NO ONE LEFT TO THANK

The National World War II Memorial

 

Lest We Forget

The VietNam Casualty Search Page

Patriot

Medal of Honor

 

SOS Support Our Soilders

 

AND PLEASE LET
US NOT FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

If any of you have
POW/MIAbraclets out there .
I would love to have the names


LCDR William John Metzger, Jr. USN pilot -
P.O.W. 1967-1973
Colonel Charles Day of Glendale, Arizona.
Returned Home :-)
Capt. Johnnie C. Cornelius, USAF 6-26-68 NVN

 

KOREAN WAR POW/MIA
POW/MIA HOME PAGE
POW-MIA Names and Information
Operation Just Cause ...
for as long as it takes

 

AND
THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU
THAT THINK EVEN THOUGH
YOU WHERE NOT ON
THE FRONT LINES>>>
OR SEVERED IN TIME OF PEACE
THAT SOMEHOW YOUR
CONTRIBUTIONS WHERE NOT AS
IMPORTANT

Charles Plumb,
a U.S. Naval Academy graduate,
was a fighter pilot in
Vietnam. After 75
combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a
surface-to-air missile.
Plumb ejected and parachuted
into enemy territory.
He was captured and spent
six years in a prison camp.

After the Vietnam conflict,
when Plumb and his wife
were sitting in a restaurant,
a man at another table came up and said,
"You're Plumb! You
flew jet fighters in Vietnam
from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.
You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?"
asked Plumb.
"I packed your parachute," the man replied.
Plumb gasped in surprise.
The man pumped his hand
and said,"I guess it worked!
" Plumb assured him,
"It sure did-if your chute hadn't
worked, I wouldn't be here today."
Plumb couldn't sleep that night,
thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept
wondering what he might
have looked like in a Navy uniform --
a Dixie cup hat,
a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers.
I wondered how many times I might
have passed him on the Kitty Hawk.
I wondered
how many times I might
have seen him and not even said
'Good morning, how are you,'
or anything because,
you see,
I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.
" Plumb thought of the
many hours
the sailor had spent on a long
wooden table in the bowels of
the ship carefully weaving the shrouds
and folding the silks of each chute,
holding in his hands each time
the fate of someone he didn't know.

"Who's packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone
who provides what they
need to make it through the day.
Recognize and be gracious
to people who pack your parachute."

-Charles Plumb
from lectures about his prison
camp experience in Vietnam

WE THANK
YOU ALL !!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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