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    We cherish too, the Poppy red
    That grows on fields where valor led,
    It seems to signal to the skies
    That blood of heroes never dies

    To all fellow Veterans.

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    It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training. Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was moving way too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient. The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
    Because it close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque. My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain, and getting to PT on time.
    All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran over toward the grove. I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking. I couldn't wait to see the butt-chewing that he was going to get for making everyone late.
    He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his frame. I watched as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and rain, and set it upright again.
    Then he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off. I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whole name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures. That simple salute - that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag - encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture. It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier."
    - True account written by Army Captain John Rasmussen.

    To my fellow veterans of Lexington, Saratoga, Yorktown, Barbary Wars, Lake Erie, New Orleans, Monterey, Vera Cruz, Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Indian Wars, Santiago, Manila, Belleau Wood, Meuse-Argonne, Nicaragua, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Anzio, Battle of the Atlantic, Sicily, North Africa, Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace, Iwo Jima, Berlin Airlift, Pusan, Inchon, Seoul, Gulf of Tonkin, Rolling Thunder, Dak To, Khe Sanh, Tet, Hamburger Hill, Ah Shau Valley, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Bosnia, Somalia, Kosovo, Tora Bora, Dandahar, Fallujah, Sadr City, Basra and for all those before, between, and after that I may have left out - Welcome home, brothers.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    “When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she’s dating a pussy.” General Tommy Franks

    Lessons Learned (multiple sources)

    1. Friendly fire isn’t.
    2. Suppressive fire won’t.
    3. Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.
    4. Five second fuses will burn in three seconds.
    5. Once the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade isn’t your friend.
    6. The enemy attacks on two occasions: When they’re ready, when you are not.
    7. Drawing fire irritates everyone around you.
    8. When you have secured the area, make sure the enemy knows it.
    9. Tracers work both ways.
    10. Anything you do can get you killed, including nothing.
    11. Never run when you can walk; never walk when you can stand; never stand when you can sit; never sit when you can lie down. Fill canteens and empty your bladder at every opportunity.
    12. The seriousness of wounds is directly proportional to the distance from medical attention.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    Flanders Field - was a forest before the war took its toll and the men.

    Life's not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out that gets you through the day ain't what it's all about. It's the moments that take your breath away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training. Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was moving way too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient. The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
    Because it close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque. My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain, and getting to PT on time.
    All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran over toward the grove. I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking. I couldn't wait to see the butt-chewing that he was going to get for making everyone late.
    He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his frame. I watched as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and rain, and set it upright again.
    Then he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off. I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whole name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures. That simple salute - that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag - encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture. It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier."
    - True account written by Army Captain John Rasmussen.

    To my fellow veterans of Lexington, Saratoga, Yorktown, Barbary Wars, Lake Erie, New Orleans, Monterey, Vera Cruz, Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Indian Wars, Santiago, Manila, Belleau Wood, Meuse-Argonne, Nicaragua, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Anzio, Battle of the Atlantic, Sicily, North Africa, Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace, Iwo Jima, Berlin Airlift, Pusan, Inchon, Seoul, Gulf of Tonkin, Rolling Thunder, Dak To, Khe Sanh, Tet, Hamburger Hill, Ah Shau Valley, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Bosnia, Somalia, Kosovo, Tora Bora, Dandahar, Fallujah, Sadr City, Basra and for all those before, between, and after that I may have left out - Welcome home, brothers.
    Excellent contribution. Thank you for posting the story. I hadn't read it before.

    My wife and I went out to Chili's last night and the receptionist asked if I was a veteran. To my pleasant surprise vets eat for free. I later learned several chain type restaurants are doing that. It was a nice feeling. I saw several guys scattered around at different tables wearing their unit hats all eating quietly as if they were lost in their thoughts.

    It was a nice evening. I hope yours was as well.

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    I was never in the military, but my father was in the Army Air Corps (before it became the Air Force) and served in Africa in WWII. I thank you all for your service.
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    Thank you for your service pm01, MRichardson and all other veterans on this forum.

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    RU - I give you Dong Ap Bia, part of my playground when I was growing up. Before and after our "play date":






    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    Thank You to all of you on here who served our country.

    My Grandfather served in the navy during WWII. My dad served in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. My stepson now currently serves in the Coast Guard.
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