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Please take a few moments to watch this extraordinary video of one man, > > placing one flag every mile across the US for every one of our > > military who gave their lives serving this

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0930 here so it's 0530 CST and I haven't found any mention on the Internet of Pearl Harbor Day. Being PC doesn't erase it from my memory. Thanks to all who gave all and those that survived that terr

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All please take a few minutes and watch this. See below on how to get to it. It’s the most moving thing I have ever seen and brings tears to my eyes and makes me cry. When you realize what our military men and women have done to keep us safe and protected us. And how many mothers have lost their sons and daughters and the children that have lost their fathers and mothers. Please pray for our military families that God will be with them and keep them safe and bring them back home to us. Please pass on to others after you have watched it. We need to remember what they have done for us and are still doing each day. Thanks

Mansions (Veterans Memorial)
This is a very beautiful tribute to our military men and women. A must see!!!
This is simply awesome. However, after you click on Mansions;do not click on anything else. It will start playing by itself.

One of the best tributes to America 's veterans and families...
Turn up your sound and click on Mansions.

Click on http://worriersanonymous.org/Share/Mansions.htm

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Why on earth haven't we heard of this memorial? Shame on all the news outlets. Kudos to the bikers and the

cellular company! I never knew it existed. I'm sending this in case you didn't know, either.

Pass it on; it’s worth knowing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=WEPBQGu74oo&feature=player_embedded

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Edmond Harjo, one of the last remaining Native American code talkers, has died. He was 96.

The Swearingen Funeral Home says Harjo died March 31 at Mercy Hospital in Ada. Harjo's nephew, Richard Harjo, says his uncle had a heart attack.

Harjo was a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. He was also one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their native languages to outwit the enemy and protect U.S. battlefield communications during World Wars I and II.

Harjo traveled to Washington D.C. last November to take part in a ceremony where congressional leaders bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indian code talkers.

A funeral service was held for Harjo on April 4.

His nephew said one of his uncle's last moments was recalling his favorite song called, "The Little Church in the Wildwood," The Native American Times reported. The song was played during the funeral service.

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World War II dog tags found in Saipan may solve 70-year-old mystery

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Old and battered dog tags found in a cave in the South Pacific may crack a 70-year-old mystery.

The dog tags are those of a 31-year-old Army infantryman from New York named Bernard Gavrin. He was reported missing in action during the battle of Saipan in World War II and never found.

His 81-year-old nephew David Rogers, of West Delray, Fla., said the family never knew what happened.

"I am the only living relative to have known my Uncle Bernie," Rogers told the Sun-Sentinel in the paper's Saturday editions. "Words cannot do justice to the shock this news left me with."

He was 12 when his grandmother got the tragic news that her son was MIA.

U.S. forces invaded Saipan in June 1944. The island was a fortress for 30,000 Japanese soldiers. The American troops earned victory after more than three weeks of bloody fighting.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that a group from Japan found the dog tags on Saipan last August. The Kuentai Group, which searches for Japanese soldiers lost in war, was digging in a cave when it stumbled across mass graves. The graves contained the possible remains of Gavrin and several other American soldiers. Two other dog tag sets were found in the graves.

Gavrin's dog tags had his home address and his next of kin, his father Max.

The newspaper said the group’s representatives tracked down Gavrin’s survivors with the help of the Bull Run Regional Library in Virginia.

The remains were turned over to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii for genetic testing.

Rogers said if his uncle is identified, there will be a military funeral at Arlington Cemetery in Washington.

"I would love to be around for the burial service," he told the Sun-Sentinel. "Time is of the essence in my old age."

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Navy veteran dies hours after returning from honor flight trip to DC

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A Montana veteran died just hours after fulfilling his longtime dream of traveling to Washington, D.C., and visiting the National World War II Memorial.

Donald Buska, an 86-year-old Navy veteran who had been in hospice care since Feb. 12, passed away on Tuesday after returning from the trip with Big Sky Honor Flight of Montana, The Billings Gazette reported.


"He had the time of his life," Buska's son, Jeff, who traveled with him to Washington, told the newspaper. "What a way to go. He went out on a high note."

Jeff Buska said his father was in his glory as he toured the World War II Memorial and posed for a class photo with a former poker buddy who was also on the trip.

He was able to witness the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery and was escorted along with other veterans through D.C. by police.

"He thought that was really cool," Jeff told The Billings Gazette.

All the veterans on the trip were greeted with letters of support and encouragement from family and friends as they arrived at Dulles International Airport on Monday. Buska had one of the largest packages, according to the report.

Back home in Billings, the 75 veterans were cheered on at a ceremony that featured hundreds of well-wishers, including local high school pep bands and dignitaries.

Jeff said his father died less than eight hours after the homecoming, following a night of reading letters and sharing stories about the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"My dad went to go dance with mom," Jeff said.

Becky Hillier, media relations director of Rocky Mountain Hospice and a member of the Big Sky Honor Flight Committee, told The Billings Gazette, "A final mission was accomplished in more ways than one."

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Army Ranger who helped rescue Jessica Lynch dies from wounds sustained in Afghanistan

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An Army Ranger who helped rescue former POW Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in 2003 has died after being shot in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

The Pentagon said in a statement that Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras, 49, died May 13 in Texas after suffering injuries in Afghanistan on May 6.


Barreras, known as “Gunny,” was the top enlisted soldier for a unit based in Fort Bliss, Texas at the time of his death, according to the Army Times. He joined the Army in 1988 after serving five years in the Marine Corps.

WATCH: Army Ranger who helped rescue Jessia Lynch dies

The Army Times reports Barreras served 22 years in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. In that time he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and also deployed to Panama and Haiti.

A friend and fellow Ranger said in an email to Fox News that Barreras was the leader of the Army battalion that conducted the successful rescue of Lynch from an Iraqi hospital. The friend said Barreras personally handed Lynch to another soldier to transfer her to the helicopter that evacuated her from the area.

Barreras, according to the friend, then fended off multiple attacks in order to retrieve all 9 of the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers missing in action to bring them home.

“Marty never even asked for a thank you,” the friend said.

Barreras, who was originally from Arizona, is survived by his wife, two daughters and son, according to the Army Times.

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RIP Gunny......

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One LL of a warrior from the AZ,RIP Gunny as you were definately one of our very best a the best-John :th:

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Eight ways to honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day

We were a crew of sailors and Marines, milling about, waiting to participate in downtown Denver’s Memorial Day Parade. A bunch of kids in "A" school (first training school in military lingo) wishing we were back in our racks sleeping instead of squinting in the morning sun.

A Marine in the the uniform he’d worn in WWI walked the sidewalk in our direction, his step spry, his bearing proud, as it should be for a man able to wear his uniform after over fifty plus years. He stopped in front of our group, did a smart right face and saluted. No words. He didn’t need them. He moved on.


We sharpened up. That soldier had seen more of war, of life, and of service to this country than the whole crew of us could ever imagine, and he had paid us respect.

Memorial Day is more than the holiday heralding summer. It is a time when our nation reflects with gratitude on the sacrifice so many in uniform have made.

Memorial Day is more than the holiday heralding summer. It is a time when our nation reflects with gratitude on the sacrifice so many in uniform have made. Flags will be lowered to half-mast until noon and communities will be holding services and parades to honor our military.

But what can each of us do to keep the true meaning and spirit of Memorial Day alive? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Take part in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm
Wherever you are, stop, and give a minute of your time for awareness or prayer.

2. Be a part of your community
Before firing up the barbeque, attend one of those parades or commemorative services. Most cities will hold concerts. If yours doesn’t, you will be able to catch the televised National Memorial Day Concert on Capitol Hill Sunday evening.

3. Purchase a poppy from a VFW member
They usually sell them for a donation in front of shopping centers. Tie a poppy to your purse or your lapel as a reminder to all of us that this isn’t just a day to find great deals on appliances.

4. Blast the Sousa
Make a patriotic music playlist and hang the red, white, and blue. This is the day to fly our nation’s flag but don’t stint on the bunting either.

5. Keep your family’s personal military history alive
Over the picnic table, share stories of family members who served this country. Wearing the uniform calls for sacrifice but it is also an amazing adventure and one that deserves to be documented. If you have someone willing to reminiscence, turn on a recorder or jot down notes. Don’t let your family’s story disappear into the murky haze of memory.

6. If you are a Veteran, please, take a moment to write your own history
Some experiences you may not feel willing to share but as time passes, your perspective might change and we, as a nation, can gain from your insight. Plus, those service ribbons and commendations and the insignias that you earned—gather them up and please keep them safe. Digitizing letters written during that time or photos might not be a bad idea either.

7. Donate to a charity that supports our military in ways our government doesn’t.
A good list with information and ratings as to the effectiveness of the charity is at Charity Navigator.

8. Volunteer
If you feel called to do more, consider helping the USO in its mission to help active duty personnel and their families. The VA Hospitals also always need volunteers. For more information, you can contact the USO here. You can learn more about volunteering at your local VA Hospital at http://www.volunteer.va.gov.

Cathy Maxwell is a former US Navy officer and New York Times best-selling author of over thirty Avon/HarperCollins romances. For more information on Maxwell and her books go to www.cathymaxwell.com.

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Cleaned up my brothers grave and watered the flowers I planted years ago. RIP bro and respect and gratitude to those who are,and have,worn the uniform-respect-John

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A BROTHER VET SENT ME THIS



NEVER FORGET BENGHAZI
THE BRAVE DIED, THE COWARDS LIED...

This may be from a Navy perspective, but it tells it like it was for too many of us.

I asked my friend if I may send this on. Here is his response:
“Pass it on. The world needs to hear stories like this that you would never hear in the main
stream media.” So I send it on exactly as I received it.
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Norm was killed on 26 October '66. Exactly one year later, we were again
back on Yankee Station. After flying my 4th mission against Hanoi in 3 days,
I rose from a restless night to scribble a note to Norm. I folded it into a
paper airplane; then walked back to the Oriskany's fantail, lit the paper on
fire, and launched it into the darkness above the ship's wake. Norm and I
would both have turned 80 this year ... so, due to natural causes, this will
be the last of the 47 annual letters I've written to him. With the help of
friends and mutual acquaintances over the years, my original note has
expanded into a perhaps "too lengthy" letter.

With great respect for your significant contribution of time and expertise
to the Crusader group, Dick Schaffert

14 May 2014

To: Lieutenant Commander Norman Sidney Levy, US Navy Deceased (1934-1966)

Good morning, Norm. It's Memorial Day 2014, 07:29 Tonkin Gulf time. Haven't
talked with you for a while. That magnificent lady on which we went through
hell together, USS ORISKANY, has slipped away into the deep and now rests
forever in silent waters off the Florida coast. Recall we shared a 6' by 9'
stateroom aboard her during McNamara and Johnson's ill-fated Rolling
Thunder, while our Air Wing 16 suffered the highest loss rate of any naval
aviation unit in the Vietnam conflict. Three combat deployments, between May
'65 and January '68, resulted in 86 aircraft lost from the 64 assigned to
us; while 59 of our aviators were killed and 13 captured or missing from
Oriskany's assignment of 74 combat pilots. Our statistical probability of
surviving Rolling Thunder, where the tactics and targets were designated by
combat-illiterate politicians, was less than 30%. The probability of a
combat pilot being an atheist approached zero!

Seems like a good day to make contact again. I've written every year since I
threw that "nickel on the grass" for you. For several years, it was only a
handwritten note ... which I ceremoniously burned to simulate your being
"smoked." With the advent of the internet, I shared annual emails to you
with some of our colleagues. Unfortunately, the net's now a cesspool of
idiocy! Much of it generated by those 16 million draft dodgers who avoided
Vietnam to occupy and unionize America's academia; where they clearly
succeeded in "dumbing down" an entire generation which now controls the
heartless soul of a corrupt "Hollywoodized" media. This will be my last
letter. I'm praying Gabriel will soon fly my wing once more, and I look
forward to delivering it to you personally.

This is the 47th year since I last saw you, sitting on the edge of your bunk
in our stateroom. You remember ... it was the 26th of October 1966 and we
were on the midnight-to-noon schedule. There was a wall of thunderstorms
over North Vietnam, with tops to 50,000 feet, but McNamara's civilian
planners kept sending us on "critical" missions all night. At 04:00 they
finally ran out of trucks to bomb, in that downpour, and we got a little
sleep.

Our phone rang at seven; you were scheduled for the Alert Five. I'd bagged a
little more rack time than you, so I said I'd take it. I went to shave in
the restroom around the elevator pit, the one near the flare locker. The
ordnance men were busy putting away the flares. They'd been taking them out
and putting them back all night as McNamara's "whiz kids" continually
changed the targets. I had finished shaving and started back to our room
when the guy on the ship's loudspeaker screamed: "This is a drill, this is a
drill, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!" I smelled smoke and looked back at the door that
separated the pilot's quarters from the flare storage locker. Smoke was
coming from underneath.

I ran the last few steps to our room and turned on the light. You sat up on
the edge of your bunk and I shouted: "Norm, this is no drill. Let's get the
hell out of here!" I went down the passage way around the elevator pit,
banging on the sheet metal wall and shouting: "It's no drill. We're on
fire! We're on fire!" I rounded the corner of that U-shaped passage when the
flare locker exploded. There was a tremendous concussion effect that blew me
out of the passage way and onto the hangar deck. A huge ball of fire was
rolling along the top of the hangar bay.

You and forty-five other guys, mostly Air Wing pilots, didn't make it, Norm.
I'm sorry. Oh, dear God, I am sorry! But we went home together: Norm Levy, a
Jewish boy from Miami, and Dick Schaffert, a Lutheran cornhusker from
Nebraska.

I rode in the economy class of that Flying Tigers 707, along with the other
few surviving pilots. You were in a flag-draped box in the cargo
compartment. Unfortunately, the scum media had publicized the return of us
"Baby Killers," and Lindberg Field was packed with vile demonstrators
enjoying the right to protest. The "right" you died for!

Our wives were waiting in a bus to meet our plane. There was a black hearse
for you. The protestors threw rocks and eggs at our bus and your hearse; not
a policeman in sight. When we finally got off the airport, they chased us to
Fort Rosecrans. They tried interrupting your graveside service, until your
honor guard of three brave young Marines with rifles convinced them to stay
back.

I watched the TV news with my family that night, Norm. Sorry, the only clips
of our homecoming were the "Baby Killer" banners and bombs exploding in the
South Vietnam jungle ... although our operations were up North, against
heavily defended targets, where we were frequently shot down and captured or
killed. It was tough to explain all that to my four pre-teen children.

You know the rest of the story: The vulgar demonstrators were the media's
heroes. They became the CEO's, who steal from our companies ... the lawyers,
who prey off our misery ... the doctors, whom we can't afford ... the
elected politicians, who break the faith and the promises.

The only military recognized as "heroes" were the POW's. They finally came
home, not because of any politician's self-aggrandized expertise, but
because there were those of us who kept going back over Hanoi, again and
again ... dodging the SAM's and the flak ... attacking day and night ...
keeping the pressure on ... all by ourselves! Absolutely no support from
anyone! Many of us didn't come home, Norm. You know; the guys who are up
there with you now. But it was our "un-mentioned" efforts that brought the
POW's home. We kept the faith with them, and with you.

It never really ended. We seemed to go directly from combat into disabled
retirement and poverty, ignored by those whose freedoms we insured by paying
that bloody premium. Our salary, as highly educated-combat proven Naval
officers and fighter pilots, was about the same as what the current
administration bestows as a "minimum" wage upon the millions of today's
low-information, unmotivated, clueless graduates. Most of them lounge at
home on unemployment rolls and feed off the taxes that we pay on our
military retirements; which are 80% less than what the current All Volunteer
Force receives and from which we have already lost 26% of our buying power
to pencil-sharpening bureaucrats who "adjust" the economic data.

Do you remember, Norm? We got 55 bucks a month for flying combat; precisely
$2.99 for each of the 276 missions I flew off Yankee Station. Can you
believe America's new All Volunteer Force, which recently fought a war with
a casualty rate less than 10% of ours ... and only 1% of WWII ... , received
more than $1,000 a month combat pay from a guilt-ridden Congress, which
trusts paid mercenaries more than old-fashioned American patriotic courage.
The families of those of us who were killed in Vietnam got $10,000 of life
insurance. Today's survivors get $100,000! Unfortunately, the gutless
liberalism of today's elected officials has created the worst of all
possible situations: Our socially engineered, under-funded, military
couldn't presently fight its way out of a wet Chinese paper lantern!

The politically adjusted report, issued for the 100th Anniversary of U.S.
Naval Aviation, confirmed that we and our brothers who flew in Korea have
been written out of American history. Norm, I only hope that today's
over-paid bureaucratic "dudes" who cook the books, scramble the facts, and
push the propaganda for their political puppet-masters, will not be able to
scrub your name off the Wall. The Wall and our memories are the only things
many of us have left. We hold those memories dear!

We band together in groups like the Crusader Association, which is now holding its 27th "Last
Annual" reunion. Some say the association has to do with flying a peculiar
aircraft, I say it has to do with a peculiar bunch of guys. We're damned few
now! After 5,000 hours flying simulated and actual combat, and pulling at
least 5 g's more than 25,000 times, those who are still around have
ultrasounds resembling haunted houses on Halloween; with nerve bundles
sagging like cobwebs, leaking valves, and ruptured pipes. We'll all be
seeing you shortly, Norm. Put in a good word for us with the Man. Ask Him to
think of us as His peacemakers, as His children. Have a restful Memorial
Day. You earned it.

Very Respectfully,
Your Roommate Dick (Brown Bear) Schaffert

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Those guys flying the F-4's were fantastic. Loved to watch them in action

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Maybe not for this thread but it gets my attention if you know what I mean.

Click the little doodad on bottom right corner if you want full screen and crank the volume up if your hard hearing like me.

Nice tune!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc&feature=kp

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Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

Published June 04, 2014·
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The last of the 29 Navajos who developed a code that stumped the Japanese during World War II has died.

Chester Nez, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Wednesday morning of kidney failure, said Judy Avila, who helped Nez write his memoirs. He was 93.

Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, 29 Navajos were recruited

to develop the code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. Nez was in 10th grade when he

enlisted, keeping his decision a secret from his family and lying about his age, as did many others.

"It's one of the greatest parts of history that we used our own native language during World War II,"

Nez told The Associated Press in 2009. "We're very proud of it."

Of the 250 Navajos who showed up at Fort Defiance — then a U.S. Army base — 29 were selected

to join the first all-Native American unit of Marines. They were inducted in May 1942. Nez became

part of the 382nd Platoon.

Using Navajo words for red soil, war chief, clan, braided hair, beads, ant and hummingbird, for

example, they came up with a glossary of more than 200 terms that later was expanded and an

alphabet.

Nez has said he was concerned the code wouldn't work. At the time, few non-Navajos spoke the

language. Even Navajos who did couldn't understand the code. It proved impenetrable.

The Navajos trained in radio communications were walking copies of the code. Each message read

aloud by a Code Talker was immediately destroyed.

"The Japanese did everything in their power to break the code but they never did," Nez said in

2010.

After World War II, Nez volunteered to serve two more years during the Korean War. He retired in

1974 after a 25-year career as a painter at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

Nez was eager to tell his family about his role as a Code Talker, Avila said, but he couldn't. The

mission wasn't declassified until 1968.

The accolades came much later, and the Code Talkers now are widely celebrated. The original

group received Congressional Gold Medals in 2001, and a movie based on the Code Talkers was

released the following year. They have appeared on television and in parades and routinely are

asked to speak to veterans groups and students.

Nez threw the opening pitch at a 2004 Major League Baseball game and offered a blessing for the

presidential campaign of John Kerry. In 2012, he received a bachelor's degree from the University

of Kansas, where he abandoned his studies in fine arts after money from his GI Bill ran out.

Despite having both legs partially amputated due to diabetes and being confined to a wheelchair,

Avila said Nez loved to travel and tell his story.

"He always wanted to go, he loved meeting people," she said. "And with something like kidney

failure, it comes really gradually. At the end, he was really tired."

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Subject: Vietnam vets 40 years later
This is a great video of our military guys who were held in North Vietnam
prisons. I had never seen this before and I had no idea how these guys felt
all these years about Nixon.
Why not share this magnificent video with your friends.
Vietnam POWs - 40 years later. No matter what one may think of Nixon now - watch this!
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I have seen this videos many times and it always affects me the same.

There is no way I could feel the full emotions that were felt by those attending both of those dinners, but I felt a good portion of it watching the video the first time and also again everytime I watch it :cry2: , thanks for posting!!!

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Skip I also seen it several times and the feelings are the same every time. Our generation was making a living and raising our kids when this took place but it still affected us.

What a shame that today's generation will never know how the USA lost it's innocence back then.

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RESPECT

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U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson, two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned horse.
The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place.
The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a 13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in the front row. To her right was their son 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, his daughter Amelia Greene, followed by Major General Greene’s father, also Harold Greene.
After three rifle volleys and the playing of “Taps,” the American flag, once placed on the major general’s casket, was carefully folded as the band played “America the Beautiful.” U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presented the flag to his widow, and additional flags to his children and father.
General Greene, 55, became the highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan after an Afghan military police officer opened fire on Aug. 5th, 2014.
But some people were missing: NO President; NO Vice President; NO Secretary of State; NO Secretary of Defense. It was confirmed, however, that President Obama was playing golf at the time of the funeral.
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