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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

for SAMWolf

Share with us the stories
so we will never forget

of fears faced
of years erased

tears shed
and the smell of the dead

of justice sought
battles fought

and the cost
of lives lost

Tell us the stories

of lessons learned
valor earned

victories wrought
the price of freedom bought

of courage, honor and duty

and how some gave all
and All gave some

sai 10.3

To visit The Freeper Foxhole
(Free Republic's Daily History Thread)
click on the books below.

Thirty years from now when you're sitting around
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

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Born in West Germany in 1949. Mom is German, Dad is Polish.
(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.
Vietnam 04/69-11/70
Germany 12/70-8/71
Illinois National Guard 1991-1993
Oregon National Guard 1994-1995

Army Commendation MedalReserve Components Achievement MedalNational Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal (silver service star)Army Service RibbonRepublic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions First Class
Tet 69/Counteroffensive -- 23 Feb 1969 - 8 Jun 1969
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

An Award that is very special to me

Married to Freeper Snippy About it. I have 2 daughters, 1 son and 2 dogs.
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


from a far off country your parents brought you to the land of the free and the home of the brave
and you became one of America's sons

as you grew, the fabric of your soul became intricately woven among the threads of Old Glory
your spirit sings the songs of our founding fathers

for payment not required you volunteered to give all
you joined the many that fight for the freedom we possess
you band of brothers, our beloved countrymen

in harms way you proudly served, came home and served again
older now and out of uniform you continue to serve in both words and deeds

your love of country, deeper than home grown
blessed with knowing the true meaning of liberty and freedom
causes you to respect America's flag and all it stands for

your love of country will never die
and when you've given her all you have to give
you will rest in the bosom of her for eternity

it's easy to love you
and call you my friend

sai 10.03

it don't mean nuthin'

Yep, that's what you always said
when you were scared
when you were lonely
when you were getting shot at
when you saw your buddies die
when you wanted to cry
when you wanted to come home
when your love left you
when you were tired of the jungle
when you couldn't trust anyone
when you wanted just for a shower
and a warm bed
and when you weren't welcomed home

it meant somethin'

Nope, i couldn't comfort you
i couldn't hold you in the night
i couldn't wipe away your tears
i couldn't make you laugh
and forget your fears
i couldn't welcome you home

Yet i'll tell you boy
for what you gave
for what you sacrificed
it meant somethin allright
and i'll Never Forget

Snippy About It 11.03


Sam was old when dirt was new,
He's really been around.
Sam was here when all was flat,
Before there was a mound.
He watched the mountains being born,
All he could say was dang.
Yep Sam's the one that lit the fuse,
That started the BIG BANG.

Conspiracy Guy 5/8/2004

The great German poet, Goethe, said to his generation:
"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.

Poor is the nation that has no heroes.
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

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
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.
Ronald Reagan

A government big enough to give you everything you want
is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald Ford, 1974

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away
Barry Goldwater

Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life.
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.
Mark Twain

Held tight in my hand
The Tarawa crew and you
I love my lanyard

sai 09/2003

Valentine's Day - 2004

This purple heart is awarded to all Foxholian Grenadiers

From PhilDragoo on Valentines Day - 2004

i have new
french doors

i'm afraid
they will surrender
to the elements


To Roger Sigo - The Best Sailor I ever knew.
4/12/1947 - 12/9/2001

by Bob Harrison

Oh, Lord, I’m sick and tired and old and my strength is going too,
But ere I leave this earthly shell, I’d like one thing from You.
You know I sailed the seven seas for thirty years or so,
And I’d like to make one more patrol before I have to go.

I’d 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 Captain’s standin’ orders that were posted for the day.

And, Lord, I’d like to hear the bosun’s whistle once again
As he calls the crew to breakfast, or in the evening when
It’s time for evening movies and the starboard watch is set
And the port side knows by heart the movie that they’ll get!

I’d 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 Judgement’s 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

Katyn Woods

Katyn cannot sleep
hear the lamenting of the slaughtered masses
never forget what happened here

the soul of the Polish nation
was poured out on this forest soil
but it did not die here

you cannot kill the spirit of freedom
or the pride of a nation that desires it


Thanks Snippy

The Guardian of the Lair

He stands guard upon the crest
She prepares a place for him
To lie and rest

His only need
The stillness of the night air
and knowing she is there

He stays his watch never tiring
To fight battles when they come
And Commence firing

Aware he will never need her

She is complete, knowing he is there
The Guardian of the Lair

Written by snippy about it for SAMWolf

Thanks you so much Snippy,
this left me blushing and speechless

SAMWolf and Bentfeather

Ode to Sam Wolf
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
unusual circumstances...
beyond our control

It matters not Sam the whys
and wherefores...
What matters is now...

Thanks for spoiling me
being here now
doing all you can
once again
way beyond your call
it's the kind of guy you are Sam

feather - 2/8/2003

Thank you Bentfeather, I'm honored

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