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  1. Old Comment
    rone5847's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    United states military

    Two of my uncles served during WWll,two other uncles during Korean War. I served during Vietnam War. My son who recently retired after serving 23 years,served during Desert Shield,Desert Storm,Iraqi Freedom. Those that serve today do so by choice,there is no draft . Because they choice to serve they exemplfy
    DUTY
    HONOR
    COUNTRY
    Posted 09-23-2012 at 08:46 PM by rone5847 rone5847 is offline
    Updated 09-29-2012 at 07:10 PM by rone5847
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Goodnight Saigon by Billy Joel

    I heard this very appropriate song today on 11-11-11 and it brought me to tears. Came home on found a video on YouTube... talk about overwhelming.

    Goodnight Saigon by Billy Joel

    We met as soul mates on Parris Island
    We left as inmates from an asylum
    And we were sharp, as sharp as knives
    And we were so gung ho to lay down our lives

    We came in spastic like tameless horses
    We left in plastic as numbered corpses
    And we learned fast to travel light
    Our arms were heavy but our bellies were tight

    We had no home front, we had no soft soap
    They sent us Playboy, they gave us Bob Hope
    We dug in deep and shot on sight
    And prayed to Jesus Christ with all of our might

    We had no cameras to shoot the landscape
    We passed the hash pipe and played our Doors tapes
    And it was dark, so dark at night
    And we held on to each other
    Like brother to brother
    We promised our mothers we'd write

    And we would all go down together
    We said we'd all go down together
    Yes we would all go down together

    Remember Charlie, remember Baker
    They left their childhood on every acre
    And who was wrong? And who was right?
    It didn't matter in the thick of the fights

    We held the day in the palm of our hands
    They ruled the nights, and the nights
    Seemed to last as long as six weeks...

    ...On Parris Island
    We held the coastline, they held the highlands
    And they were sharp, as sharp as knives
    They heard the hum of our motors
    They counted the rotors
    And waited for us to arrive

    And we would all go down together
    We said we'd all go down together
    Yes we would all go down together
    Posted 11-11-2011 at 06:02 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor

    Posted 11-11-2011 at 11:07 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    Posted 11-11-2011 at 11:04 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Veteran's Day 2011

    Here are a couple touching YouTube videos that I would like to share.

    Veterans Day 2011 - Freedom Isn't Free


    Veterans Day 2011: Adagio for Brass



    My heartfelt thanks go out to each and every person that has served this great nation over the years and to their families too.

    Happy Veteran's Day!

    Sincerely,

    Celia
    Posted 11-09-2011 at 04:11 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Patriot Guard Riders - You Don't Have to Ride!


    Patriot Guard Riders

    Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

    The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.

    We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.

    Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

    1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

    2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters.
    We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

    To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.
    Posted 10-01-2010 at 12:06 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    WinnDixie's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Thanks, AW!

    Thanks for your thoughts. Freedom sure isn't free!

    I'd also like to ask all to remember Winni-retired and his family now. He has two loved ones in harm's way, and it's not an easy road for the family...can be scary and often lonely. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated all the Forum support when my grandson was in Afghanistan. Now Winni-retired has one in Pakistan. They will not hear even as much from his son as we did from Scott...so it is harder yet. I know he will appreciate all the support that comes his way!
    Posted 09-30-2010 at 05:08 PM by WinnDixie WinnDixie is offline
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    Our Military Heroes!

    Freedom isn't free - somebody paid for it.

    Thanks to all you and your family members who have served or are serving now!

    Really, "thank you" isn't enough.
    Posted 09-30-2010 at 04:23 PM by Argie's Wife Argie's Wife is offline
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    VitaBene's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Wow

    Real nice job RG!
    Posted 09-29-2010 at 06:52 PM by VitaBene VitaBene is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Your Stories

    If you have a story or pictures to share, but would rather share them through me, please do!
    Posted 09-28-2010 at 05:29 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Our Troops

    ToW, I'm so glad for you and your family that John is back on US soil!

    An update on the son and son in-law of Winni-Retired:

    Winni-Retired's son has made it to Pakistan. He was supposed to go to Afghanistan, but his orders were pulled and his unit deployed over a month early, with less than 10 days notice. No leave. Just 36 hours to get his personal stuff squared away, then onto the ship and gone......

    On the way over to Pakistan, the flight crew and ground crew of VMM-266 made a video, so that the family back home could see them. The troops on board have limited to no e-mail capability. Even as an officer, Winni-Retired's son has only been able to send a couple of e-mails... thus the following video !!!


    (For some reason, I cannot post the video, only the link.)
    Be sure to check out the comments too!

    Party in the USA 266 RIEN


    Larry's son in-law still has four plus months left in Afghanistan and is flying combat missions almost everyday. About a month ago he did get to talk with him for a few minutes. He said it is worse than the invasion of IRAQ... the worst of all his deployments and this is the fifth since January, 2003. He is scheduled to be home at the beginning of February 2011.

    Winni-Retired's son will be back to the States in about 10 more months. Some time at the end of July.

    Please send your thoughts and prayers out to Winni-Retired and his family and to all of our other brave men and women who serve our great country... they are all heroes!
    Posted 09-28-2010 at 03:57 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 09-28-2010 at 05:28 PM by Rattlesnake Gal
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    Our Military Heroes!

    He made it HOME.

    John is home now.

    He is well and glad to be back in the U. S. of A.

    Please continue to pray for the rest of our troops that are still in and going into harms way.

    ToW
    Posted 04-23-2010 at 06:32 PM by Tired of Waiting Tired of Waiting is offline
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    Our Military Heroes!

    Thanks RG

    John says his pack out weighs in at 70# without the rifle.

    And yes we think there is a kitchen sink in there some place along with the rest of the kitchen. How else would he eat in the field.

    We pray for him and all the men and women serving our country and freedom. He is reported to be coming home in a few weeks.

    Thanks again

    ToW
    Posted 03-24-2010 at 06:45 PM by Tired of Waiting Tired of Waiting is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Great Picture ToW!

    I would imagine all that gear is pretty heavy and very hot at times. Looks like he can carry all but the kitchen sink.
    We hope that he stays well and arrives home safely.
    Posted 03-23-2010 at 10:49 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    Our Military Heroes!

    Nephew in A-stan

    A picture of my nephew John (last name and unit with held for security) in Iraq.

    He is currently in the A-stan mountains.

    We hope he will be home soon.



    ToW
    Posted 03-21-2010 at 08:08 AM by Tired of Waiting Tired of Waiting is offline
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Videos - Thanks Winni-Retired

    Winni-Retired pasted along these YouTube videos that you may like to view. He will fill in the story behind the links when he gets a few minutes.
    (For some reason I cannot get the videos to show up in this blog, only the links to them.)


    VMM-162 Golden Eagles
    Operation Iraqi Freedom 08.1

    Al Anbar Province
    Al Asad, Iraq
    March – October 2008
    (5 minutes 41 seconds)

    I love the quote at the beginning of this video.

    “Some people spend and entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference.
    Marines don’t have that problem”

    Ronald Reagan



    IRAQ Invasion
    March - April 2003
    (2 minutes 48 seconds)
    Warning! You may want to turn the audio down or off on this video. It's rather raw and edgy and may shock you out of your chair!
    Posted 03-18-2010 at 07:00 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 09-28-2010 at 04:06 PM by Rattlesnake Gal
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    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Thank You WinnDixie & Just Sold!

    Thank you both for sharing your history and stories with us. Your pictures really add so much. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    You are making this blog look good!

    Sincerely,

    Celia
    Posted 03-15-2010 at 10:41 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 03-15-2010 at 12:53 PM by Rattlesnake Gal
  18. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Thanks for Sharing!

    I want to thank all who are participating in my blog to honor Our Military Heroes!

    Over time I will be adding more of WinnDixie's great pictures, do stay tuned. You are really going to enjoy them!
    (Scroll up to see what I have added today!)

    Celia
    Posted 03-13-2010 at 03:44 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    WinnDixie's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Food in Afghanistan.

    Scott has sent home pictures from time to time. Without RG holding my hand, I'm not able to post them here. I can tell you--the place is all orange, brown and gray.



    It looks like the craters of the moon...a very stark surrounding. Scott's people have had to pay visits to some villages. They found out they had to leave the Stryker vehicles outside the gates. Unfortunately they bumped the wall of a house and it, being dried mud primarily, came crashing down.

    The village elders have shown nice hospitality to them. That has been "interesting". There is a very good tasting tea that Scott has drunk. The cup might not always be as clean as we, here, would expect, however. So there can--at times--be a few gastric problems! Nevertheless, drink it you must..it would be rude not to.

    The best one, though, is "Nam Bread"--foot bread-- so-called because the dough is kneaded with their feet!



    To quote Scott "Once you get over that, it is actually really very good"! As he says, having told some tales I will refrain from relating here, "It's amazing what ceases to get on your 'gross-o-meter'"! Our guys..you've got to love them!
    Posted 03-12-2010 at 04:31 PM by WinnDixie WinnDixie is offline
    Updated 03-14-2010 at 12:40 PM by Rattlesnake Gal
  20. Old Comment
    WinnDixie's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Fudge Tales

    I've entertained Rattlesnake Gal with some of these stories, so here goes. Scott loves peanut butter fudge, and--it being a homemade item that ships well--we have tried to support with big double batches of fudge..about 7 lbs. It's a combined effort, I make it; his grandfather takes it to the PO. and stands in the long line! The very first batch got mailed on a Monday and ended up back on our doorstep the next day! I was saved from a complete meltdown by my husband taking it to the PO and getting the mishap all straight. I will say overall the PO has been really very good and helpful; the fudge gets there in less than 10 days, too.

    We can attest to how marvelous these treats from home are, for all of them. One batch arrived when they were at a FOB high in the mtns. Scott saw a big football player soldier running up the hill to him, waving a box and calling "Capt. Warnke! It's fudge"! It lasts less than four hours, generally. So far we have had several adoption requests and one even wants to know if I am married! The real point is that they are SO appreciative of goodies from home. All Scott's people sit in a circle when the packages arrive and open them one at a time, savoring each. Everything is shared. God bless them all!
    Posted 03-12-2010 at 04:02 PM by WinnDixie WinnDixie is offline

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