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Semper Fi
« on: September 11, 2010, 12:42:01 AM »
Have you thanked a vet lately?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_medal_of_honor

Honestly, not to minimize what this warrior did at ALL, I think there are many others who deserve this award just as much as he does and more. If you ask me, they owe a hell of a lot of people some recognition that they'll probably never get by way of a medal or otherwise. There are a lot of brave young men that gave their lives in this war. There are a lot who will return and have already returned home with half of what they left with. Guys in the prime of their lives who no longer have legs and arms and fingers and eyes. These guys are ready and willing to run face-first into a hail of bullets to protect your right to piss and moan about why they're even doing the job that their country asks them to. I personally know a few vets. Let me tell ya, the government doesn't show them nearly enough respect and gratitude for their service that they should when their time is over. It means a lot to these guys when someone they've never met comes up to them and thanks them for what they've done. Buy a vet a drink sometime. Just sit and talk with them about their experiences, because you can learn more from them than you ever could reading some stupid book about it.

Hail the U.S. military!
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010, 06:03:10 AM »
I have a friend serving in Afghanistan right now. She has about 5 months left in her first tour and has already signed on for a second. There's a 2 month RnR between when we will be able to see her again before she ships off.

Every serviceman and servicewoman deserves to be honored. From the Clerks who have a rifle next to their desk to the grunts who get the job done in the line of fire.

To quote her before shipping off, "Servitum Nulli Secundus" (latin "Service Second to None")


Met a Vet of the Iraqi war at a Daft Punk concert in Seattle last summer. Bought him a beer and gave him my last two drink tickets. He was a Pvt. engaged in ground patrols through mountain ranges. He told me about when they ran into a camp of 50 insurgents in a valley who refused to lay down their arms and surrender in a very long standoff. He lost a good member of his squad. He told me there is nothing more hardening than that combat. He returned home and started his own motorcycle shop tuning sportbikes and MX bikes. It was a passion of his that before serving thought he would never obtain. He overcame his fears of challenge in the military through combat.

He was truly inspiring.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 12:00:39 PM »
IDK that news article didn't tell much. I'll just wait for the president's citation.

My guess is that there's quite a few soldiers that have gone through similar situations, but they don't get the limelight because of politics. Who knows how many award requests get rejected before even making it to a general.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2010, 04:55:06 PM »
My guess is that there's quite a few soldiers that have gone through similar situations, but they don't get the limelight because of politics.

Unfortunately, that's true. In order for someone out of the loop to have received the Medal of Honor, they must've done something superhuman like single-handedly fight off an entire VC regiment with nothing but a shovel. ::) Usually it goes to those who played a key role in a victory in some particular battle that a higher-up formulated and petitioned for. Usually, the recipient didn't survive. When it's some technically unimportant piece of dirt they are dying to defend to their last breath, no one really notices or cares no matter what kind of bravery it took.

Maybe my viewpoint is a little jaded based on what I've heard from Vietnam vets who felt like they were treated like shit after they were discharged. I hope this wars veterans don't walk away with that same sense of loss and regret. I think a lot of people don't feel quite as connected to the outcome or the current situation over there in middle east as they should. A lot of that has to do with the lack of media coverage. In the beginning, there were lots of reporters embedded with the soldiers. There aren't many at all anymore, maybe because the public doesn't care that much anymore, and maybe because of what happened in Vietnam. From the looks of the situation in Iran, I think people will have no option to ignore the ongoing conflict within another year or so. We might have declared victory in Iraq (more than once...), but this shit is far from over. Some "Holy Shit" is on the brink of going down in that part of the world, possibly on a scale so large that it might become World War 3.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 05:43:08 PM »
Well it's rather dissapointing when there's 1400 style living, then infrastructure is built, and then destroyed or made unusable.  I guess we aren't really kept aware of the progress.  There was an interesting article in the paper the other week, an eye doctor started eye care in Afghanistan.  At first the taliban let him build up the eye care system, then they killed him a couple months ago.  Howerver he trained local doctors and they are training more doctors.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2010, 07:25:00 AM »
 He shot at 2 people doing the exact same thing he was?

That's kewl and all, don't want them shooting back at ya later,  but damn.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2010, 03:01:20 PM »
The wall says it all.

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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2010, 10:42:49 PM »
Imagine if "the wall" was as long as it would be if all those warriors were to stand in a row shoulder to shoulder. Make's me sick to think that most kids today completely forget about Vietnam.
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Re: Semper Fi
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2010, 04:50:05 AM »
Imagine if "the wall" was as long as it would be if all those warriors were to stand in a row shoulder to shoulder. Make's me sick to think that most kids today completely forget about Vietnam.

That which doesn't touch us is easily forgotten. For those of us whom it did:

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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2010, 11:28:39 AM »
Kinda messed up the Soviets were taking over nations by force, in a not-so-pleasant manner.

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2010, 02:25:15 PM »
I just thank one recently. He gave me my mail yesterday. He was a former Marine. I wish I didn't get the letter he gave me. lol
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2013, 03:17:59 PM »
Semper Fi to all the fallen warriors on this Memorial Day. You are not forgotten!

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2013, 03:19:42 PM »
For sure, to all the armed services as well.
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2013, 05:38:54 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2014, 11:46:08 AM »
June 6th, 1944.

On this day 70 years ago, 12,000+ US and British men gave their lives on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. In one day, over 150,000 allied US and British soldiers crossed the English Channel to gain their first foothold in the European theater of war, a single event which effected the course of human history for everyone on this entire planet.

There's plenty of reasons to be upset with the state of affairs in this country and with certain things that happen in Washington DC. There's plenty of reasons to be ashamed of the government and politicians. But if there's anything at all be proud of as an American, it's how multiple thousands of ordinary American men from all walks of life showed true grit and resolve in the face of opposition and death to secure a freer future for all of humanity.

Semper mother fucking Fi to the greatest generation.
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