Posts tagged ‘Heroes’

December 6, 2015

Remember Pearl Harbor

by lewwaters

“December 7, 2914, a date that will live in infamy” FDR

Excerpts from the 70th Commemoration in Vancouver, Wa. Sadly, several of these men are no longer with us.

May we never forget

October 10, 2012

RIP Command Sargeant Major Plumley

by lewwaters

Sad news to hear that CSM Basil Plumley, Veteran  of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War passed away today in Columbus, Georgia.

Retired CSM Basil Plumley dies, Fort Benning mourns loss

Plumley was immortalized for his role in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 in the movie “We Were Soldiers” and portrayed by actor Sam Elliot.

RIP CSM Plumley, until we meet in Fiddler’s Green. Well Done, Sir.

May 27, 2012

Remembering Old Buddies on Memorial Day

by lewwaters

Another Memorial Day is upon us as we still have Troops in Harm’s Way. Sadly, that means there will be more paying the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms, just as a few from previous generations have done.

Memorial Day has always been a special day to me, far from just an extra day off or a day to frolic with a barbecue to kick-off summer. It seems to that it become more emotional as I age and the further the time between me and my time spent in Vietnam.

In all, my unit saw 13 men pay the ultimate price while I was assigned to it, but two always seem to draw the most of my memories, Sgt. Scott Stanton and SFC Robert Pilk,

Upon first meeting ‘Scotty,’ seeing his infectious smile and easy going manner, you would have a difficult time believing he was a battle hardened warrior. But he was.

He was teamed with Warrant Officer Bruce Carlson, pilot of a ‘Loach’ (named for the Army designation LOH, Light Observation Helicopter) and Scotty being his Observer. Under Scotty’s tutelage, they became one of the most effective scout teams in country.

Scotty made nearly everyone feel at home and he looked out for us “newbies” when we arrived.

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May 21, 2012

A Veteran Is A Terrible Thing to Waste

by lewwaters

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 20 August 1940.

Although spoken in regards to British Airmen who faced what seemed like insurmountable odds against the approaching Germans in what we now refer to as “the Battle of Britain,” and then defeated them, protecting their homeland, that simple phrase also shows how historically, in times of conflict, a small minority of the citizens don the uniform to fight for and defend our way of life.

In World War Two it was approximately one in ten served in the ranks. Today, it is less than 1% who has been sent off to face those who would like nothing more than to see our culture destroyed and replaced by their misguided and oppressive views.

Since we no longer have compulsory service, drafting able bodied and qualified young men to serve, leaving them little or no choice in serving, we depend on advertisements and military recruiters to fill the ranks by appealing to people’s patriotism, desire to better their education or those who would just like to travel, learn a trade, learn to fly or operate technical equipment. For whatever reason a young person might have, there is a very good chance that the various branches of the military has a need for people to serve in that capacity and are willing to train them.

But when the shooting stops at wars end or that person fulfills their enlistment contract and returns to civilian life, what then? What happens with that training, education and experience gained, often at great expense to taxpayers?

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September 10, 2011

BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

by lewwaters
February 27, 2011

Last Living U.S. WWI Veteran Dies

by lewwaters

Frank Buckles, the last American World War One Veteran died peacefully in his sleep at his home. He was 110 years old.

During WW1 he served as an Ambulance driver in Europe and spent 3 years of World War Two held captive in a Japanese POW Camp, having become a ships officer after the “Great War.”

Buckles was an outspoken advocate for the renovation and repair of the D.C. WW1 Memorial.

There are now only 2 known WW1 Veterans still living, Claude Stanley Choules, in Australia (Royal Navy, 109) and Florence Beatrice Green, in England (Women’s Royal Air Force, 110)

May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that when it mattered, he did make a difference.

One era dies and another begins.

CNN

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December 25, 2010

A Soldier’s Christmas Poem

by lewwaters

For all who have served or are currently serving, especially those who might be far from home, or have missed having holidays with their families.

Have tissues on hand.

As Christmas draws to a close, please remember those far from home and their families.

September 10, 2010

There’s A Hero On The Way

by lewwaters

From the Teachers and kids at Tussing Elementary School in Virginia, who also gave us the Thank You Soldiers Tribute last year.

Thank you, Michael & Angela Souder and of course, all of your kids at Tussing Elementary.