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Old January 9th, 2002, 01:41 PM
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For my brothers who gave their lives in the USMC KC 130 crash. They join a long list of Marines who gave all for Country and Corps....someday I will thank you in person and together we will drink a toast to our Country and Corps....for now I say;

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of
UNITED STATES MARINE.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job,
The
UNITED STATES MARINES.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by
UNITED STATES MARINES

OOH-RAH!!!
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Old January 9th, 2002, 03:55 PM
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A toast to all the men & women who serve and have served in the Military Services to preserve freedom for our great nation!!!!!!

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Old January 9th, 2002, 04:27 PM
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And OOH-RAH back atcha.

I'll also join in Frank's toast.

pamda -- "Sky Angel" 1969
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Old January 9th, 2002, 07:46 PM
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Hear, hear - to all American fighting men, and to all those who serve in the forces which guard our way of life, wherever they might be.

Divetex - USAF, 1965-1987
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Old January 9th, 2002, 08:57 PM
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The Lord has a special place reserved for those that gave their life in the service of others.
I wonder how many of our Cruisemates are military veterans BTW?
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Old January 9th, 2002, 11:05 PM
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Old January 10th, 2002, 09:30 AM
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I heard the news this morning about the crash and was saddened there was another loss of lives in the war on terrorism. As the wife of a retired Marine my heart goes out to all the families who have lossed loved ones.

Rick, Bill serviced in the Corp June 1967 - June 1987 and also retired as an Msgt E-8. He served with LIMA Company in Vietnam during the '68 Tet Offensive in Wue City (not sure if I spelled that right). He was a grunt machine gunner 0311 at the time, then later in his career got into the supply field and eventually because a contract specialist (don't remember the MOS number). Here is a picture of him on Christmas morning with the gift he received from our youngest daughter...you can't see the inscription at the bottom; it has his Rank, Name and date of service. He was moved to tears when he opened the gift. I have fashioned it on a dowl and it is hanging with pride on the wall in our family room, along with the rest of his Marine Corp Memorabilia.

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Old January 10th, 2002, 10:30 AM
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Denise ...

What a terrific gift. You must be very proud of your daughter's thoughtfulness, especially THIS year.

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Old January 10th, 2002, 11:20 AM
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Yes, we were and like I said Bill really got all choked up! She gave him is #1 favorite gift this year.

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Old January 10th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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DeniseZ What a great gift!! I was in Hue City also during the 68 Tet Offensive . I was with Hotel 2/5 as a grunt 0311 rifleman. As always with our Marine family......it's a small world Once again...thats a great gift!
Semper Fidelis
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PS here's a Christmas Gift to Bill from me....I am sure he has heard it before ......................In thanks for his service to our Country.

It is not the critic who counts,

Not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood;

Who strives valiantly;

Who errs and comes short again and again;
and spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who if he wins knows the triumph of high achievement;
and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (paraphrased)
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Old January 10th, 2002, 12:06 PM
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After learning that one of the dead aboard the Marine KC 130 crash was a WM (Woman Marine).I would like to amend the first line of my initial tribute post to read " For my Brothers and Sister.........."
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Old January 10th, 2002, 01:37 PM
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Rick,

Yes, the Marine Corp family can be a small one. I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys may have crossed paths more then once over the years. I just spoke with Bill on the phone (he had a Dr. appointment today at Bethesda Naval Hospital) and he was with Lima 3/5. I have forwarded this string to him to look at, as he doesn’t frequent the boards though he is an avid Cruise-Addict. Just last night while I was checking the board I said he should start reading and posting. Anyway, his e-mail address is WLZlater@adelphia.net if you are interested in dropping him a line. By the way, were you a P.I. or Hollywood Marine?
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Old January 10th, 2002, 02:41 PM
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From the wall in my office where he hang important stuff ...

"In grateful memory of Boyd W. Stauffer who died in the service of his country.

"At Sea, Asiatic Area, attached U.S.S. Minesweeper 472, 17 December 1945.

"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live and grow, and increase its blessings.

"Freedom lives, and through it, he lives -- in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men."

Signed by Harry S. Truman, President of the United States

My husband was only two years old when his dad died at sea.

I cry everytime I think of his mom, waiting for her husband and Queeg's dad to come home to learn the harsh message.

She went on to marry again, her second husband (who adopted Queeg) lied to her throughout the Korean War about what he did. He said that he just flew a desk. He was "outed" when the medals started showing up.

My dad ran the flight line on D-Day. He never, ever, talked about it, unless pressed. The bravery of these gentlemen is beyond my comprehension.

Most of them are not with us any longer. If there's a spare prayer space, say one for the brave men who are no longer with us and, in addition, those who are who still re-live the horrors of war. Then, if there's still more space, pray for the wives and children who lived through it, too.

Peace and Love.

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Beautifully said Pam! Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Pam, Beautiful...Beautiful,,,,,,Beautiful......SA I hate it when you say things so touching ...makes it hard to get upset at some of your posts <G>
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DeniseZ...... P.I Apr 67. RLEnigma@att.net here. I will drop him a line later.
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Old January 10th, 2002, 07:14 PM
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Peter Jennings just did a piece on all the Marines lost in this crash....very moving.
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Old January 11th, 2002, 09:04 AM
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Most of you don't know me but I am the youngest daughter of nieciez. And I wanted to say that I never told my dad how proud and honored I was of him serving our country in the USMC. My gift to him was small compared to what he did for our country, and for that no gift could compare. My heart goes out to all of our countries men and women who have served past and present in the United States Military. And my husband and I will always keep them in our prayers.

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Old January 11th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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Jenny, you've told your Dad now. I sent this link to him. I am sure he will be as moved as I was. Have a good weekend and I will talk to you when Mindy and I get home from NJ on Sunday. Wish you werent's so far way so you could go too!

Love, Mom
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Old January 11th, 2002, 01:11 PM
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Jen:

I want to thank you for them kind words that you posted on the bulletin broad. I though that it was mighty sweet of you.

Love always;
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