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paladin
11-13-2009, 08:47 AM
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really
cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.





He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a
professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.



He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..



He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.






He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls them to do so.

switters
11-13-2009, 08:57 AM
Chuck,

I'm bored in Quantico and heading out about noon to see some sights. What are you doing for lunch? I cant get a flight out today without paying an extra 500 so I'm on a vacation day.

LeeG
11-13-2009, 09:01 AM
http://wimp.com/iraqreturn/

Tylerdurden
11-13-2009, 09:16 AM
Thanks Chuck and thanks Lee, that Video brought tears to my eyes.

Lot of out of work and Homeless Vet's right now. If you have a job available call your Vet Center first, Please.

paladin
11-13-2009, 09:19 AM
Chesapeake beach is a distance away.....The fastest way here would be up 95 to the beltway, around the beltway to Andrews airplane patch, then south on route 4......and about 30 miles south on 4 os Prince Frederick (first decent greasy spoon) or before you get to Dunkirk, just after 301 by 2-3 miles, there will be a sign for 260 and "to the beaches"...If I go out the back way (you'll get lost zig zagging here) there's a nice coffee shop just off route 2.....When you come down 260 after turning off route 4, turn left on route 2 at the second traffice light and go to the rotunda, at the rotunda turn right and hit the brakes, church on left, coffee shop on right....cell 410-610-7985 if you wanna try it.

switters
11-13-2009, 09:41 AM
Chesapeake beach is a distance away.....The fastest way here would be up 95 to the beltway, around the beltway to Andrews airplane patch, then south on route 4......and about 30 miles south on 4 os Prince Frederick (first decent greasy spoon) or before you get to Dunkirk, just after 301 by 2-3 miles, there will be a sign for 260 and "to the beaches"...If I go out the back way (you'll get lost zig zagging here) there's a nice coffee shop just off route 2.....When you come down 260 after turning off route 4, turn left on route 2 at the second traffice light and go to the rotunda, at the rotunda turn right and hit the brakes, church on left, coffee shop on right....

I have a few e-mails to get through and then I'll head out about 11:30. I'll call when I get close.

paladin
11-13-2009, 10:11 AM
E-mail me your phone number....the area around the coffee shop is a cellular dead zone. paladinsfo@hotmail.com

switters
11-13-2009, 10:20 AM
you will be getting an e-mail from jd leonard soon, my alter ego and the good twin.

pefjr
11-13-2009, 01:30 PM
42 yrs ago, after a yr in hell I got off a plane at Travis AFB and joined the crew and 223 others bending down on our knees to kiss the ground of heaven.

Four days later I was 21 yrs old, and finally could order a beer.

paladin
11-13-2009, 03:14 PM
34 years ago I got off a plane and went to Alaska, I didn't like people/crowds/loud noises.

Nice EBS with Switters....Very nice gentleman...Thanx fer lunch.

pefjr
11-13-2009, 03:53 PM
1967, My trip to hell had just started.
364 days and a wake up. Glad you made it back to heaven.:D