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Old 03-20-2003, 12:15 PM   #1
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Outstanding! And to all of those "Grunts"
I offer a solemn prayer for their safety and success and a hearty "uurrah!!"

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Old 03-20-2003, 12:22 PM   #2
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It gave me chills.

Are there still really people like that?

Would our sons and daughters do this for our freedom?

Wow.

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Old 03-20-2003, 12:33 PM   #3
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Old 03-20-2003, 01:09 PM   #4
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Jennie,

Yes. I know him. And proud of it!
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Old 03-20-2003, 01:11 PM   #5
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Jen, you bet there are! There are approximately
245,000 of them in the Gulf area right now, and a lot more stationed elsewhere who are just as dedic
ated to their missions. More people need to stop and think really hard about what they and their families are sacraficing to allow civilians in this country continue their easy lives. We also need to consider how little they are compensated for their service. I for one salute them and wish them all God speed in the successful completion of their missions!
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Old 03-20-2003, 06:16 PM   #6
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There, are just over 1 million of them serving on every continent on this earth....The "old timer" sergeants who've been in for 15-16 years are risking their lives for you and receiving @ $2800
a month. The younger troops far less. Keep the combatants in your prayers. Please pray for the Coalition troops and for the Iraqi civilians...the best war is one this won decisively and quickly with minimum of bloodshed on either side.
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Old 03-20-2003, 06:28 PM   #7
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IT IS THE SOLDIER
by Charles M. Province

IT IS THE SOLDIER, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

IT IS THE SOLDIER, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

IT IS THE SOLDIER, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

IT IS THE SOLDIER, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

IT IS THE SOLDIER who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag and
Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
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Old 03-20-2003, 06:50 PM   #8
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Yes, Jennie, there are people like that. I knew them when I was in, and my brothers know them now that they are in. You will never find a better person than an American serviceman.

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Yes jennie, we do exsist...
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This was sent by a friend,
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Sent by a friend, Korean war Vet.....

Subject: The Average Military Man

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal
circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not
yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough
to die for his country.

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own
car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average
student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten
year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with
him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world
away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and
155mm Howitzers.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he
is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he
can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the
dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade
launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a
professional.

He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to
march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not
without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and
wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own
hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are
hungry, his food.

He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when
you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they
were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and
still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death
then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in
combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body
while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to
'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove
their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far
from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is
paying the price for our freedom.

Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for
over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and
understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration
with his blood.

For our Military

Prayer wheel for our military...please don't break it Please send this
on after a short prayer.

Prayer Wheel

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us.

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for
us in our time of need. Amen."
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