Since Mar 9, 2000
I light a candle in honor of the men and women who have fallen in America's wars.
You are the heroes that will always be a symbol of American courage.
Your footsteps on this earth may have been shortened but now they are imprinted in the minds and hearts of all of us forever.
Your footsteps are as one with our Lord who has carried you to heaven.
May we always remember the fallen as we walk the path of freedom
for they are the ones who shed their blood
so that we continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave
You may not know us by name,
we are your neighbor, your husband or wife, your son or daughter.
We are the Marines, the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard...
look for us when your freedom is threatened.
God bless America
your fireside with your grandson on your knee,
and he asks you, What did you do in the great World War Three?
You won't have to say Well I shovelled sh!t over at DU.
No, sir, you will be able to tell him I fought like hell from the Foxhole,
and we went through Kerry and the Huns like crap through a goose.
Phil Dragoo - 02/24/2004
(What a crazy combination for that time period)
Arrived in the United States 11 months later.
Grew up in Chicago, became naturalized citizens in 1962.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968.
Illinois National Guard 1991-1993
Oregon National Guard 1994-1995
Summer-Fall 1969 -- 09 Jun 1969 - 31 Oct 1969
Winter-Spring 1970 -- 01 Nov 69 - 30 Apr 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive -- 01 May 1970 - 30 Jun 1970
Counteroffensive, Phase VII -- 01 July 1970 - 30 Jun 1971
Moved to Oregon in 1994 and never looked back at Illinois. Moved to North Carolina in 2006 and still never looked back at Illinois. Moved to Georgia in 2006 and still haven't looked back at Illinois. Moved to South Carolina in 2007 and still haven't missed Illinois.
Found a Home at the Freeper Foxhole
"What you have inherited from your fathers,
earn over again for yourselves or it will not be yours."
We inherited freedom.
We seem unaware that freedom has to be remade
and re-earned in each generation of man.
Shameful is the one that, having heroes - Forgets them!
from a monument on the Davis Bridge Battlefield, Bolivar, TN
Those Who Have Long Enjoyed Such Privileges As We Enjoy,
Forget In Time that Men Have Died To Win Them.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children
what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald Ford, 1974
It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
Held tight in my hand
The Tarawa crew and you
I love my lanyard
Valentine's Day - 2004
This purple heart is awarded to all Foxholian Grenadiers
From PhilDragoo on Valentines Day - 2004
they will surrender
to the elements
To Roger Sigo - The Best Sailor I ever knew.
4/12/1947 - 12/9/2001
A SAILORS PRAYER
by Bob Harrison
Oh, Lord, Im sick and tired and old and my strength is going too,
But ere I leave this earthly shell, Id like one thing from You.
You know I sailed the seven seas for thirty years or so,
And Id like to make one more patrol before I have to go.
Id like to walk the main deck of a Navy fightin ship,
And feel the salt spray on me as the bow begins to dip
Beneath the wave of stormy seas, oh, Lord, You caused to be
A peril to seafaring men who go down in ships to sea.
Lord, I want to hear the throb of diesels one more time
And take my turn at standin watch and cleanin out the slime
From the bilges, as a punishment for failin to obey
The Captains standin orders that were posted for the day.
And, Lord, Id like to hear the bosuns whistle once again
As he calls the crew to breakfast, or in the evening when
Its time for evening movies and the starboard watch is set
And the port side knows by heart the movie that theyll get!
Id like to stand on topside and watch the moon upon the sea,
And wonder at the beauty, and how all things came to be,
The morning comes, the sun breaks through, another awesome sight,
To see the shimmer on the waves, like Your Eternal Light.
So when my cruise is over and I soar to heights unknown,
And I kneel before You, Lord, as You sit on Judgements Throne,
As You contemplate some small reward that you think applies to me,
Just assign me to Your fastest ship on Your Eternal Sea.
Somehow, I know Roger got that assignment.
I miss you, brother.
Jack (4The Flag)
American, Veteran, Patriot, Friend
3/5/1953 - 1/22/2004
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
You'll be missed
Thanks you so much Snippy,
this left me blushing and speechless
SAMWolf and Bentfeather
I'm very honored to call you friend
you gave to our country your all
sucked up your young gut
with thousands of others
went where duty called
Thanks be you came home
older and scared
confused, I don't know Sam...
I would never had the chance to
meet you had it not been for some
beyond our control
It matters not Sam the whys
What matters is now...
Thanks for spoiling me
being here now
doing all you can
way beyond your call
it's the kind of guy you are Sam
feather - 2/8/2003
Thank you Bentfeather, I'm honored