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Of the 29 countries that I've been lucky enough to visit it's my firm belief that here in the USA we have more military hero's, past and present than any other country.


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Chris Rosati, a man who died this week from ALS, was a HERO of happniess, below is a link to many other links about this man who in his last days decided he would spend his last time on earth going out spreading happiness and encouraging others to do the same, I'll let ya'll pick and choose which links to read about this remarkable man!

RIP Chris!



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                                                    PEARL HARBOR AND WHY WE STAND 


We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started.

Ringing through the morning, as happens every day here and on U.S. military bases around the world, was the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


As the song plays, people strolling through the neighborhood freeze in their steps, cars pull to the side of the road, and even children stop playing and stand tall, exactly as they have been taught, to honor our flag and the freedom and sacrifice that it embodies.

“Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

“O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?


Although I’ve been deeply moved by this anthem throughout my life, it is particularly poignant here at Pearl Harbor, especially as we approach Dec. 7, the anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy.” The words and music seem to carry with them the spirits of those who gave their lives for our freedom in this very place 76 years ago.

“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

“Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there …”


I imagine the terror of that awful Sunday in this peaceful neighborhood. Homes like the one I visited were occupied by dads, moms, and children, most still in the safety of their beds. While airmen and seamen slept in, relaxed or attended to early morning tasks just after sunrise on what promised to be a beautiful Hawaiian day, the world suddenly changed forever.

Many must have listened intently as they were stirred from their sleep by the roar of bombers overhead, a sound that was alarmingly different from that of normal flight exercises. Others would have stared and pointed at the sky in confusion as it suddenly darkened by hundreds of foreign aircraft. When the whistle of bombs screaming toward the earth began, fear and panic quickly gripped hearts as the ground erupted and the harbor spewed from the deafening, continual explosions.

“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”


In the end, eight of the Pacific Fleet’s battleships were badly damaged and several, including the Arizona, were sunk, sending many of their seamen to a watery death.  Sixteen ships in all and 367 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. And, so very devastating to our nation and to all who loved them, 2,335 men and women in service were murdered by evil on these hallowed grounds and waters, and another 1,178 were wounded.

By the time the bloody world war ended in 1945, more than 400,000 American military men and women had been killed. They proudly fought and honored our flag with their very lives so that you and I could live in peace and freedom.

While they endured a hellish nightmare for us, it is beyond shameful that some cannot muster the decency to simply stand in honor of them.





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Great Post Don! Thanks.

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Lt. Col. Richard Cole.jpg

Sad news—the last Doolittle Raider has died. Lt. Col. Richard Cole passed away Monday at the age of 103.

Cole was the final surviving member of the daring raid on Tokyo by carrier-launched B-25s. As I wrote for his 100th birthday in 2015:

Col. Richard Cole was the co-pilot of "Crew 1," which means he sat alongside Col. Jimmy Doolittle at the tip of the tip of the American spear aimed at Imperial Japan. The Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942, was a virtual suicide mission. It was a daring sea-launched bombing mission in the earliest days of World War II.

After Pearl Harbor, Americans were desperate to hit back, and that first hit was the Doolittle Raid. Sixteen Army Air Force B-25s took off from the USS Hornet to hit multiple Japanese cities. The plan was to fly to China because a B-25 could not land on an aircraft carrier. Only one of the 16 planes actually landed safely -- in the Soviet Union. The fate of the rest of the crews was a story of heroism and sacrifice.

Many didn't survive. Some were beheaded by the Japanese. The Japanese burned entire towns in occupied China that helped the Raiders.

One of the first teams that went into Japan after the bombing of Nagasaki was a unit solely focused on finding and extracting the surviving Doolittle Raiders imprisoned in Japan. America knew they were treasured heroes.

In 1942, the Doolittle Raid bucked American spirits. For four months after Pearl Harbor, Americans wanted to punch back. While not causing serious infrastructure damage, the Doolittle Raid caused a profound psychological blow to the Japanese. All of Tokyo learned that the United States could punch the Japanese homeland from across the Pacific.

Richard Cole deserves a salute from all Americans today. An American hero in the truest sense of the word has passed.






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