1/2 man 1/2 boy

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by doctherock, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    1/2 boy 1/2 man

    If you read this, you WILL forward it on.
    You just won't be able to stop yourself.

    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 a 155mm howitzer.

    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 than he should have in his short lifetime.

    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.

    And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.


    As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...

    A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
    loved ones in their helmets.


    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.'

    When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistan and all foreign countries.

    There is nothing attached....
    This can be very powerful..


    Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

    I can't break this one, sorry.
    Pass it on to everyone and pray.
     

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  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    This came in an E-mail tonight and I felt the need to share it.
     

  3. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Thanks Doc!!

    My son served in the 3 Marine Air Wing in Iraq. I'll never forget the days, weeks and months of not knowing where my son was or what danger he was in. I've never been more proud of him in my life. I pray every day for those in harms way who make the world safe for all of us.
     
  4. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Things like this make me want to go back.
     
  5. jbd

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    I believe even with the flaws of this great country we still have some of the best young men and women in the world.
     
  6. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Amen...We were a part of something bigger than life. I miss it all the time, however, my body paid the price so it says it doesnt miss it as much. It was good times and I still keep in contact with the guys I served with.
     
  7. cmhill

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfeD-I39CQ]YouTube - ‪Oliver North, US Troops Veterans Day Video‬‎[/ame]
    above is a link to the video of oliver norths speach which pretty much says the same thing, i suggest you guys check it out
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Excellent post! It would appear that the air conditioning is not working properly in here. Damn allergies are kicking up. :eek:

    JD
     
  9. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Ya done good Doc...thanks for the post. :)

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  10. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Though I'm an old fart now, I was 17 years and 4 days old when I began my military career. Love these posts...
     
  11. CA357

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    Amen.


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  12. c3shooter

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    Altho I started very very early, long time friend of my family graduated from VA Tech in 1938 5 days before he turned 18. Back then, everyone was in ROTC. On graduation, he was made a Sgt for 5 days, then commissioned as a 2 LT. On his 18th birthday. He retired after 36 years.
     
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  14. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    That video gave me cold chills and I dare say brought a tear to my eye.