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I accidentally deleted this topic so here's a great way to start a new one.....

Thanks Uncle Ron ...http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/rpg_surgery/

Every person in this film is a hero.....

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Lieutenant Harrie W. James, USNR, of New York, N.Y., briefs officers and men who participated in landing operations during the invasion of Southern France June 5, 1944 on the day before D-Day. (AP Photo)

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A Hero's Return home...

I found this posted on another forum, I shed tears throughout this entire video for this lost HERO and thinking about all the other HEROS before him, I was also born and raised in this very area of Georgia, and I remember well the TREATMENT of the returning HEROS of the Vietnam war, and that made this all the more moving to me!!!

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"Subject: A Hero's Return Home....

This is worth passing on. Patriotism is alive and well in many areas of the U.S.. Pass it on.

A true Welcome Home to a HERO.

Killed in action the week before, the body of Staff Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009.

The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.

Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor and no longer

honors sacrifice outside the military. Be it known that there are many places in this land where people still recognize the courage and impact of total self-sacrifice. Georgia remains one of those graceful places. The link below is a short travelogue of that day's remarkable

and painful journey. But only watch this if you wish to have some of your faith in people restored.

Please share widely. Click below for the video. Turn up your speakers !!!

http://blip.tv/play/AYGJ5h6YgmE

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I posted this in the political forum but it deserves to be here to. The USA need not apologize to any country despite the current trend in this administration. Read the following and see if you don't agree regardless of party affiliation:

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for

our country`s prior actions, here`s a refresher on how some of our former

patriots handled negative comments about our country.

These are good

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when

DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US

military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded "does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGuale did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop

When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by

the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of

empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of

its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond

our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is

enough to bury those that did not return.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers

were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of

the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the

latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to

Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb

them?'

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three

hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear

powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities;

they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three

meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from

sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in

transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have

eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included

Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.

At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of

Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone

was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French

admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,

Americans learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it that we always

have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because the

Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have

to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At

French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry

on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in

France !"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly

explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to

help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a

passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

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I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!

Mike F

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WE NEED HERO'S MORE THAN EVER IN THE DAYS AHEAD!!!!!

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Sight of a low-flying Allied plane sends Nazi soldiers rushing for shelter on a beach in France, before

D-Day June 1944. Their fears were premature; the fliers were taking photos of German coastal

barriers in preparation for the invasion, which took place June 6. (AP Photo)

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American hero's....American paratroopers, heavily armed, sit inside a military plane as they soar over the English Channel en route to the Normandy French coast for the Allied D-Day invasion of the German stronghold during World War II, June 6, 1944. (AP Photo)

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Aloha,

The video of total strangers showing their respect to a fallen american heros "last return home" was awe inspiring. Just goes to show that there are still a lot of good people out there who are thankful to our men and women who risk their lives everyday so we can sit at home in peace.

Aloha and God bless them all,

Stan aka Kaimi

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U.S. paratroopers fix their static lines before a jump before dawn over Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, in France. The decision to launch the airborne attack in darkness instead of waiting for first light was probably one of the few Allied missteps on June 6, and there was much to criticize both in the training and equipment given to paratroopers and glider-borne troops of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. Improvements were called for after the invasion; the hard-won knowledge would be used to advantage later. (AP Photo/Army Signal Corps)

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Today the scene below would send the ACLU into fits...my thoughts are this...force all of the

ACLU into the military...send them to Afghanistan to man the many out post in no-mans land

and see how quick they get religion....

U.S. serviceman attend a Protestant service aboard a landing craft before the D-Day invasion on the coast of France, June 5, 1944. (AP Photo/Pete Carroll)

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U.S. reinforcements wade through the surf from a landing craft in the days following D-Day and the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France at Normandy in June 1944 during World War II. (AP Photo/Bert Brandt)

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After landing at the shore, these British troops wait for the signal to move forward, during the initial Allied landing operations in Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. (AP Photo)

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And since we no longer have a valad political forum I will add this one ... Thanks for reading through another long one ... Mike F.

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii

for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes

all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body,

he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now.

He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly

before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one,

is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

" We're no longer a Christian nation"

" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even

announced to the world," America is mean-

spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching

that nonsense to 23 generations of our

war dead buried all over the globe who

died for no other reason than to free a

whole lot of strangers from tyranny and

hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you but I don't think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her

ideals."

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War ? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers,husbands,and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII,because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American.If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight ? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are,terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you're the Commander-in-Chief now,son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Sincerely,

Harold B. Estes

When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation"

stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it

to him to send his words to as many Americans as

we can. Please pass it on.

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Barrage balloons are used for aerial protection as part of the invasion fleet, carrying men and supplies as they move across the channel towards the French invasion coast. .(AP Photo /Peter Carroll )

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Garimpo, this site honors all of our troops killed in Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan from 2001 to the present. HONOR THE FALLEN

I think it would be very appropriate for you to start a new thread with it and anchor it up at the top of your forums index page right next to AMERICA'S HERO'S II. It is an outstanding site and a one of it's kind that makes you feel up close and personal with everyone of those fallen hero's, it's not just a cold name and number list. Please check it out and see what you think.

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Garimpo, this site honors all of our troops killed in Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan from 2001 to the present. HONOR THE FALLEN

I think it would be very appropriate for you to start a new thread with it and anchor it up at the top of your forums index page right next to AMERICA'S HERO'S II. It is an outstanding site and a one of it's kind that makes you feel up close and personal with everyone of those fallen hero's, it's not just a cold name and number list. Please check it out and see what you think.

FrogMick...just tried to PM you but when I clicked send the message I got a message that said you could not use the message system...don't know what gives...so I'll say it here..

I think HONOR THE FALLEN is a great idea...now if I can figure out how to get the URL at the top and get it to work I'll put it there...thanks for the idea and the post...

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FrogMick...just tried to PM you but when I clicked send the message I got a message that said you could not use the message system...don't know what gives...so I'll say it here..

I think HONOR THE FALLEN is a great idea...now if I can figure out how to get the URL at the top and get it to work I'll put it there...thanks for the idea and the post...

I turned off my PMs because of crap related to the Political Forum. It was so nice I just left it off and did the same on all the forums. Glad you agree on HONOR THE FALLEN, it fits in with the military and veteran's tribute theme part of your forums perfectly. You're welcome and thank you for giving us a place to post this sort of thing.

As for working with this new iphost format I wish you the best of luck. It messed with me and my cheap Wally World PC when another forum first switched to it and that was on the easiest stuff.

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This June 6, 1944 photo released by Nathan Kline, shows a B-26 Marauder flying toward France during the D-Day invasion. (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Nathan Kline)

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Wounded British troops from the South Lancashire and Middlesex regiments are being helped ashore at Sword Beach, June 6, 1944, during the D-Day invasion of German occupied France during World War II. (AP Photo)

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