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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
  3. Old Comment
    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
  4. Old Comment
    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
  5. 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
  6. Old Comment
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    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
  7. 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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    Our Military Heroes!

    They are All Heroes

    Thank You RG for your blog.

    We need to honor and support our Veterans, from all wars and times of peace. Especially those that serve today.

    I have many friends who are Vets and some are disabled. These men gave their all and although they came home they did not come back the same as when they left. They need our appreciation and support still today. They did not receive a heroes welcome when they came home like our military gets today.



    I am a Navy Veteran from the late 60's and early 70's.



    I spent my active duty on the USS Little Rock, CLG-4. I got to see lots of ocean and saw much of Europe. From the Baltic Sea, to the Mediterranean and as far east as Athens, Greece and on into the Caribbean. I was a Operations Specialist (Radar) 3rd Class.



    I learned so much and I grew up a lot because of my military experiences.

    I am an active member of the Little Rock Association.

    The first member of my family to be in the military was in the Revolutionary War and came from the Dunbarton, NH. He was Asa Putney.



    My great great Grandfather, William Winters Putney from Wilmot, NH fought in the Civil War and died in Andersonville Civil War Prison, also officially known as Camp Sumter.

    Until my brother Don joined the Navy in 1965, no one in my family had been in the Military since William.
    My grandfather and dad were exempted due to their jobs although they tried to join during WWI and WWII.
    Posted 03-09-2010 at 08:36 PM by Just Sold Just Sold is offline
    Updated 03-15-2010 at 10:47 AM by Rattlesnake Gal
  9. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Memorials to Visit


    World War I Memorial, Washington, DC.

    World War II Monments and Memorials:


    National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC.


    The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA


    Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
    Posted 03-09-2010 at 10:57 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
  10. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Stay Tuned

    I am proud to have family that served our country and will be working on collecting stories and pictures from them.


    My father and our very own NoBozo served in the Navy
    My father is a great story teller and I hope he will jump in directly at some point.
    (I stole one of his hats when I was a kid and wore it out.)


    My father in-law and nephew served in the Air Force
    Dad is a great story teller too.


    My uncle, brother in-law and our very ownPepper served in the Marines


    My cousin served our country in the Army
    Posted 03-09-2010 at 10:32 AM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 11-11-2011 at 10:34 AM by Rattlesnake Gal
  11. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    My Pleasure Pineedles!

    It just seems natural to share my thoughts with my Forum friends.
    One stop shopping for my social interaction needs.
    Take a trip back in time and honor our heroes at The Wright Museum.






    From the gallery of nswebcraft

    The museum is open by special arrangement during the months November through April. Click here for hours and additional information.
    When the young men dress up in the old military uniforms for the parades in Wolfeboro, it really brings home just how young these heroes were.

    Sunday, April 25, 2010

    Posted 03-07-2010 at 04:12 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 09-28-2010 at 04:29 PM by Rattlesnake Gal (Add Related Event)
  12. Old Comment
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    Our Military Heroes!

    Thanks for starting this blog RG. Its tough having family and friends overseas fighting for America. I think the more we talk about our Men and Women in uniform, the more awareness we can generate for them and their family's sacrifices. The next time you see a service person, don't be bashful, walk up to them, and say thank you. You'll feel better, and so will they.
    Posted 03-07-2010 at 03:48 PM by Pineedles Pineedles is offline
  13. Old Comment
    Rattlesnake Gal's Avatar

    Our Military Heroes!

    Pease Greeters



    Another great link: Pease Greeters!

    Join your Forum friends and participate in
    Knitters-Caps for the Troops
    ~ This is a little out of date for the season, but that will leave you time for knitting.
    Posted 03-07-2010 at 03:28 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
    Updated 10-01-2010 at 12:11 PM by Rattlesnake Gal
  14. Old Comment
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    Our Military Heroes!

    Thanks so much!

    As the grandmother of two military grandsons, I really appreciate the support!

    One is an Army Captain with the 5th Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan
    One is an Airman First Class presently finishng his schools to be a C130 Loadmaster


    Scott near his bunk


    Tim


    Scott in a bunker - I Love that bunker! I'm all about those thick walls!

    It is a somewhat scary journey and I have taken my three Forum friends, RG, Chickie and Pineedles right along with me! They've been great...cannot thank them enough!

    I do have a few stories about Scott's adventures in Afghanistan that I can tell...once I figure out all the blog rules!

    Meantime, keep all the troops in your prayers.

    Thanks!

    WinnDixie
    Posted 03-06-2010 at 12:19 PM by WinnDixie WinnDixie is offline
    Updated 03-15-2010 at 10:18 AM by Rattlesnake Gal (Add pictures)
  15. Old Comment
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    ...Yard Sail or Yard Sale?

    What's the scope

    What did you finally name it and did it float when the time came to put it/her into the water???
    Posted 02-23-2010 at 02:52 PM by idigtractors idigtractors is offline
  16. Old Comment
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    A Different Way to Travel

    Very Interesting - Thanks For Sharing Your Story!

    Thanks for the great story Dave. Felt like I was along for the ride with you.

    Please say hello to Jane for me.

    Celia
    Posted 09-14-2009 at 02:24 PM by Rattlesnake Gal Rattlesnake Gal is offline
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    A Different Way to Travel

    Interesting read Dave. You know how I love train trips! McD
    Posted 06-29-2009 at 01:23 PM by mcdude mcdude is offline
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    A Different Way to Travel

    Amtrak is the best

    After reading your story, I had to add my own experience with Amtrak. My mother-in-law and I took Amtrak from Worcester MA thru Chicago to Fort Worth TX to visit my brother.

    We got a sleeper coach which is larger than the roomette and includes a full bathroom with door, well I say rull bathroom, there is a tiny room with a toilet and a hand shower. If you are a larger person like myself, it is a one way in and one way out area. But at least there is a door and it is private.

    The food we had was delicious. My mother-in-law even had rack of lamb. The price for the two of us included all the meals and we were on trains for two days, with a few hour stop over in Chicago.

    I recommend Amtrak travel to anyone who has the time and the money, as it is somewhat pricy. It was so relaxing to be able to just relax and enjoy the view. I am hoping to take Amtrak across country all the way to the west coast.
    Posted 06-21-2009 at 03:21 PM by ILoveWinnipesaukee ILoveWinnipesaukee is offline
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    A Different Way to Travel

    Sounds like a wonderful trip !

    Thanks for sharing your story Dave, it sounds like you and the Mrs. had a wonderful trip. I will have to talk "Mac" into a train vacation some time. I loved reading your story. You are a great story teller....keep them coming. Hope we get to see you some time this summer.
    - "Mee"
    Posted 06-19-2009 at 07:32 PM by Winnipesaukee_Girl Winnipesaukee_Girl is offline
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    A Different Way to Travel

    Costs

    Thanks for the comment. We really did have a lot of fun on the trip, but those #$#%^&% golf clubs...

    The cost of the trip was just a little under $1100. That was reserved seating coach to and from Penn Station and Boston; to and from Penn Station and Gainesville we had a roomette. It was a leisurely way to travel, and very relaxing. Other costs: Alcohol, some appetizers, tipping cabin attendants (sleeper car), tipping waitstaff in dining car, tipping Red Caps (when you could find one, or did he find me ), snacks sandwiches etc on the Boston NY segment, and I guess the cost to get to and from Boston to the house, but you would have that cost flying.

    Time from get on the departure train to arrive at destination station was about 23 hours...plane trip from airport arrival (1.5 hours ahead) to baggage in hand at destination (Atlanta) total probably just under 5 hours. So, the train took 4-5 times as long, but we travelled in a very relaxed environment, a lot of "us" time for my wife and I, and again, we would do it again in a hearbeat.

    Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comments. amtrak.com is a wealth of info, too.

    Regards, Dave
    Posted 06-17-2009 at 11:04 PM by upthesaukee upthesaukee is offline

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