Harry, Thank you for your service to our country. I know you lost many friends over the years. Today I pray for all of them, like I do of all our service members, past, present, and future.
Rob, it was a long time ago. I just resent the fact that most people have forgotten it ever happened. But that's how it works.
Hey Harry,I am living in the past. I still remember an America where things were vastly different.We lament frequently about the world we knew.On this Memorial day I still remember the sacrifices of people like yourself Harry. I also remember watching film footage of Viet Nam as a little kid and I remember talking to countless World War 2 veterans and a few World War 1 veterans. I did a few things myself in the Persian Gulf, but I as no one special.I don't want to sound unpatriotic on this holiday but I tell teenagers and kids that unless our country changes. Do not join the military. Its not the institution, its the plain clothes, civilian bastards in charge that are ruining the institution.I have a friend of mine that is a veteran with a knee injury he got in Army and now they are (The V.A) is telling him he is too old to get surgery (he is 51) The V.A. is now rationing health care under Obamacare. I know people who under civilian insurance that are getting knee replacements in their 70's.Go figure....Broken lives, broken promises and money going to Syrian refugees.....Like I said before. The Cayman Islands look like a nice spot if you got millions. Change Gears here......In regards to the previous post. I have been following 'John Well's since 2008. I have been to the field lab twice already and got the T-shirt. On the third trip, I would like to purchase an old, used surfboard and drop it off with John Wells. I also have a life ring I found on the beach after Hurricane Ike in 2008. Life rings off of Oil Rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are highly prized when found washed up on the beach.I figure something like that in the barren desert would be a nice curiosity from a land (ocean far away) Maybe John Wells can glue a solar panel on the surfboard.
I didn't do anything you didn't. Everyone who goes into the military takes the risk. You may wind up doing a three year tour running a computer in the Pentagon, or you may wind up in some third world hell hole, but nobody knows where they will end up. The people who do multiple tours are in a separate category.I have never had a conversation with the old guy out there. I read his blog until he had that very bad four wheeler wreck. I didn't think he would be able to"maintain" out there.When M and I lived on Emerald Isle 85-86 I loved going down to the beach in the morning to beach comb.