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Micro Nugget, you are truly enriched by having the companionship of your uncle Tim.  I too have had the privilege of being friends and shipmates of Many WWII Vets.  The war was over by the time I was

Robert Friend, who flew 142 combat missions in World War II as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Friday. He was 99. Friend's daughter, Karen Friend Crumlich, told the Desert Sun newspap

https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/last-doolittle-raider-dies-lt-col-richard-cole/ Sad news—the last Doolittle Raider has died. Lt. Col. Richard Cole passed away Monday at the age of 103.

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She is the same fine young woman The Air Force made a inspirational poster of after she made a 750+ yard shot right up the bunghole of a Tango planting an IED.... blew the guy to smithereens

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I remember that shot she made.....didn't know it was the same person.....quite an upgrade from a

300 Win. Mag to a Gatlin......

I just read a SEAL story about how they can use a laser to light up an area that's only visible to them

and a AC130 over head.....it also gives the range to the target and the GPS.....

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HONOLULU – Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

And so he set out to restore names to the dead.

Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified.

On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.

"Some of the time, we suffered criticism from Ray and sometimes it was personally directed at me. And I think it was all for the better," said National Park Service historian Daniel Martinez. "It made us rethink things. It wasn't viewed by me as personal, but a reminder of how you need to sharpen your pencil when you recall these events and the people and what's important."

Emory first learned of the unknown graves more than 20 years ago when he visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific shortly before the 50th anniversary of the attack. The grounds foreman told him the Pearl Harbor dead were scattered around the veterans' graveyard in a volcanic crater called Punchbowl after its resemblance to the serving dish.

Emory got a clipboard and walked along row after row of flat granite markers, making notes of any listing death around Dec. 7, 1941. He got ahold of the Navy's burial records from archives in Washington and determined which ships the dead in each grave were from.

He wrote the government asking why the markers didn't note ship names and asked them to change it.

"They politely told me to go you-know-where," Emory told The Associated Press in an interview at his Honolulu home, where he keeps a "war room" packed with documents, charts and maps. Military and veterans policy called for changing grave markers only if remains are identified, an inscription is mistaken or a marker is damaged.

Emory appealed to the late Patsy Mink, a Hawaii congresswoman who inserted a provision in an appropriations bill requiring Veterans Affairs to include "USS Arizona" on gravestones of unknowns from that battleship.

Today, unknowns from other vessels like the USS Oklahoma and USS West Virginia, also have new markers.

Some of the dead, like those turned to ash, will likely never be identified. But Emory knew some could be.

The Navy's 1941 burial records noted one body, burned and floating in the harbor, was found wearing shorts with the name "Livingston." Only two men named Livingston were assigned to Pearl Harbor at the time, and one of the two was accounted for. Emory suspected the body was the other Livingston.

Government forensic scientists exhumed him. Dental records, a skeletal analysis and circumstantial evidence confirmed Emory's suspicions. The remains belonged to Alfred Livingston, a 23-year-old fireman first class assigned to the USS Oklahoma.

Livingston's nephew, Ken Livingston, said his uncle and his father were raised together by their grandmother and attended the same one-room schoolhouse. They grew up working on farms in and around Worthington, Ind. Livingston remembers his dad saying the brothers took turns wearing a pair of shoes they shared.

When the family learned Alfred was found, they brought him home from Hawaii to be buried in the same cemetery where his grandmother and mother rest.

About a third of the town showed up for his 2007 memorial service in Worthington, a town of just 1,400 about 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The local American Legion put up a sign welcoming home "Worthington's missing son."

"It brought a lot of closure," said Ken Livingston, 62, his voice cracking.

John Lewis, a retired Navy captain who worked with Emory while assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command between 2001 and 2004, said the command is fortunate someone like Emory has the time and initiative to painstakingly connect the dots on the unknowns.

"Without Ray Emory I don't know if this ever would have been done," Lewis said from Flowood, Miss.

Emory says people sometimes ask him why he's spending so much time on events from 70 years ago. He tells them to talk to the relatives to see if they want the unknowns identified.

He doesn't get emotional about the work, except when the government doesn't exhume people he thinks should be dug up and identified.

"I get more emotional when they don't do something," he said.

He'll keep working after he's formally recognized during the Pearl Harbor ceremony on Friday to remember and honor the dead. He has names of 100 more men buried at Punchbowl he believes are identifiable.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/07/pearl-harbor-survivor-helps-identify-unknown-dead/#ixzz2ENhcuySq

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A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11. A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.

Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own."

About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac .

Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and came to get their children.

The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there."

The thought of those Marines, what they did, how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.

It's our Military, not the politicians, that ensures our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's our Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for our Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country, and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom...

"If you choose not to decide ~ you still have made a choice"

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A good dog is a great early warning system ... All mine over the years have heard or smelled intrusions long before I did. Fortunately all turned out to be known to me if not me and the dogs!

Mike F

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Montana
Restaurant


The
radio station America FM was doing one of it’s “Is Anyone Listening?” bits this
morning.
The first question was – “Ever have a celebrity come up with the
'Do you know who I am?' routine?'


A woman
called in and said that a few years ago, while visiting her cattle rancher uncle
in Billings, MT,
she had occasion to go to dinner at a restaurant that
does not take reservations
. The wait was about 45 minutes;
many local
ranchers and their wives were waiting.


Ted
Turner and his ex-wife, Jane Fonda, came in the restaurant and wanted a table.

The hostess informed them that was a 45 minute wait.


Jane
Fonda asked the hostess, 'Do you know who I am?'
The hostess answered,
'Yes, but you still have to wait 45 minutes.'


Then
Jane asked if the manager was in. When the manager came out, he asked, 'May I
help you?'
“Do you know who we are?” both Ted and Jane asked.
“Yes,
but these folks have been waiting, and I can't put you ahead of them.”



Then
Ted asked to speak to the owner. The owner came out, and Jane again asked, “Do
you know who I am?”
The owner answered, “Yes, I do. Do you know who I am?
I am the owner of this restaurant and a Vietnam Veteran.
Not only will you
not get a table ahead of my friends and neighbors, who have been waiting here,

but you also will not be eating in my restaurant tonight, or any other
night.
Good bye.”


Only in
America! Is this a great country or what?


To all
who received this, this is a true story and the name of the steak house is:



Sir
Scott's Oasis Steakhouse
204 W. Main ,
Manhattan, MT 59741
(406)
284-6929 <http://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/>


If you
ever get there, give this fellow a sharp salute, buy a steak, and tip the
waitress.
They have ten steaks on their simple menu from 32 oz. to 12 oz.

Toothpicks on every table!


Keep
passing this on. We should never forget our "national traitor
" !


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He is right on ... 2nd amendment protects all the rest ... so which is more important? ... They all are but without the 2nd we will lose them all! Think about it!

Mike F

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That as long but worth the time

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