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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by canebrake, May 27, 2011.
Thank you for your unselfishness!
Thank you for your sacrifice.
Omaha Beach Normandy June 6, 1944
God bless our warriors.
Thanks for making me cry, Cane!!
I thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those that have served this country. You will never know how dear you all are to me.
Thank you to our soldiers, past and present. Without you, we would have nothing.
To my father-in-law, SSG Denzil Giddings- his Majesty's Artillery- 1939-1946
To my mother-in-law, Violet Tabb Giddings, Royal Army Nurse Corps
To my Grandfather-in-law- Sgt Major Tabb, Boer War, South Africa
To my Uncle Charlie, SGT, 101st Abn, Normandy- your jump stories damned near got me killed, but it has been a hoot!
To my great Uncle Eddie- I wish before you passed away, I had known you were in France in WW I- I never had the chance to listen to your stories
To my best friend David- who made brigadier before he retired. To his son, Mike, who helped lead the spearhead for the 3rd Armored. To his other son, Mike, who did his time in Bosnia as a medic.
To SSG Roop, my first Drill Sgt, who may have kept me alive
To Cpt (later COL) Thomas Grady- who taught us what a Commander was
To my soldiers, whose lives I was entrusted with- and when I had to say "Follow me"- they did.
Following in C3’s footsteps:
Thanks Grand-pa, private Cornelius Goggin, US Army, France, WWI
Thanks Dad, MSgt Cornelius Goggin Jr, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam
Thanks Mom Petty Officer Julia Ann Goggin, USNR, WWII, Korea
Thanks brother Specialist Neil Goggin, US Army, 173rd Airborne, Phu Cat, Vietnam
Thanks to all of my brother in arms who have heard the call to arms and never waivered in responding.
I am humbled,
Thank you to all of our veterans from the very beginning to present day.
And thank you to the people who are serving today.
Thank you to all, past and present.
Why don't our kids see this in their history books?
If it makes you feel any better I was a kid not to long ago and I was (and still am) extremely fascinated with WWII. It was our greatest generation, and in my opinion, America at the best of what America is supposed to be.
It was also the "best war" imo. What I mean is there was a clear cut "good guy" and a clear cut "bad guy". That doesn't happen much in history.
Thanks to LCpl Kenneth W. Saunders Jr.(Pictured on the left) , perished at sea 4 Nov 92.
It was the last war where they let the Generals run the war instead of the politicians.
Want to bring this Arab Spring to an abrupt halt? Release the dogs of war! Let the military win by using that learning stuff they got back in the Academy.
We are dealing with a culture that understands only one thing, respect, and respect only comes from superior strength and its use with extreme prejudice!
Thanks to my Grandfather CAPT Beck. He's the greatest man I have ever known, taught me to work hard and be independent and strong. And to always fight back.
My neighbor's son. When I moved into the neighborhood, this man was a child. His father, stepmother and I became good friends. It was a very sad day for the whole town when Brian died. He was the kindest, most gentle man. We all teasing called him "The Gentle Giant".
Army 1st Lt. Brian D. Slavenas - Honor The Fallen - Honoring those who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan - MilitaryTimes.com
Some of the survivors of that chopper crash said it could have been much worse except for the expertise of Brian's piloting skills. This young man was truly a diamond of a human being.
One of the funniest things I remember about Brian was Ron (Brian's Dad) would recite the Gettysburg address and Brian would translate it into modern day language/slang. We would really have a good laugh.
PFC Shane Reifert, KIA 11/09/2010, Afghanistan... R.I.P hero
Thanks to all who served and died for this Great Nation, from its roots until the present day. Your sacrifices will always be appreciated by me and mine. I lift my glass to you all!
I know the Veterans have your own Day, but thank you too!
For My Dad,
SGM J. H. Trantham U.S. Army (ret)
04/14/1946 - 12/24/2008
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?
And I said, “Here am I. Send Me!”
A Ranger Passed Away
He was getting old and grouchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around work telling stories of his past.
Of a war he had fought in and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, everyone.
And ‘tho sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became old hat,
All his buddies listened, for the knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ T has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a Ranger passed away.
No, he won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing; ‘tho a Ranger passed away.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Ranger goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offer up his life?
The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives,
And sometimes disproportionate, to the service he gives.
While the ordinary Ranger, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It’s so easy to forget them, for it is so long ago,
That our T’s and Lou’s and Johnny’s, went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom, that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, with his every waffling stand?
Or would you want a Ranger, who has sworn to defend,
His home, his kin, and Country, and would fight until the end?
He was just a common Ranger and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, we may need his kind again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Ranger part,
Is to clean up all the tousles, that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage, at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MORNING FOR A RANGER PASSED AWAY!