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   MeiDei  This video shows the actual suicide attack against American & Iraq forces for which the two marines received, posthumous, the Navy Cross.



to go along with the article "Six Seconds to Live"
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/10/six-seconds-to-live.php
October 26 at 19:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Today (10/25 ) in 1854 - The Battle of the Light Brigade took place.
October 25 at 23:36 EST .

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   Gram77  I guess my question belongs here. I was in the waiting room at my family doctor and I overheard one man say to another that TriCare is going to start charging for certain medical visits instead if covering everything. Any one know anything about this?
September 2 at 14:40 EST .

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   GO3  Haven't heard this except that if your primary care provider is a civilian doc then you'll always have a co-pay. I would also take everything heard in the waiting room or at the corner bar, etc. with a grain of salt. Always go to your regional Tricare website and start there to get answers to this kind of scuttlebutt. Also, if you are 65 or over you need to enroll in Medicare to get Tricare for Life benefits. Not sure if that's what he's talking about. I'm not being cruel here, but I've found no shortage of those complaining about benefits being taken away as a way of life to roil the waters. Maybe some of it was/is true; most wasn't.
September 2 at 14:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rather than adding this to the Movie Wall ("Enemy at the Gates" quiz ) - here's an article re: the top 10 snipers in WWII. The best is a surprise, all ohers are Russian men. http://www.militaryeducation.org/10-deadliest-snipers-of-wor
ld-war-2/
August 29 at 23:01 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Doing his part:




August 19 at 16:54 EST .

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   Safetydude  I went to Lowe's today, for the first time in a long time, and when I produced my ID for the military discount I was told that there is a "new policy" for the discount; 'there must be a copy of your DD 214 on file in the store'.

Now that ain't never gonna happen, good-bye Lowe's.
I shudda' gone to the Depot.
August 10 at 17:37 EST .

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   MeiDei   http://themilitarywallet.com/home-depot-
lowes-10-military-discount/

I lost all my previous post ... just to add this link - hope it helps and answers your experience.
August 11 at 09:26 EST .

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   Safetydude  I've been a Home Depot customer since the company opened its first store in Marietta, GA. and have benefited from their discount policy since they initiated, many years ago. Lowe's followed suit; present your ID for your discount.
Yesterday I was told that Lowe's policy had changed. I don't know if it is for the North Port store only or the chain. I don't care, either way.
I'm not going to give them a copy of DD 214 for any reason.
August 11 at 18:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  I don't blame you.
August 12 at 16:54 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  The Lowes discount card does NOT require a copy of DD214, no Vet would ever do that, it's guarded by all who have one.
Their program is extended to Military families with the card, instead of like me having to show the DH Military ID card.

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Lowe’s is an American company that has made it known in the past that they are proud to be a part of this great nation. They have continually shown their support for our military, and now they have made an announcement that will help those in our military as well as their families. The company will be changing their military discount program in order to improve it for those defending our country.

They will be expanding the program to include more members of the military as well as their family members. I think we can all agree that those who put their lives aside to defend our freedom deserve everything they can possibly get.

Lowe’s has explained that they have expanded their online discount to give military members free shipping as well. After seeing all sorts of stories in which members of our military are treated with such disrespect by ungrateful Americans, it is very welcome to see them being catered to. The men and women defending our country deserve a lot more than discounts, but this is a very welcome start.
http://conservativefighters.com/news/low
es-fires-shot-heard-loud-clear-every-mil
itary-wife-america/

FTA:
"That is the kind of thing that we need to start seeing more of as a nation. Liberals have tried to do everything they can to make veterans be the bad guy. But Americans are having none of it. We know that these people deserve all of the respect in the world and that cannot happen unless we start working together as a nation.

My hope for American businesses is that they take a look at how Lowe’s treats our military members and takes notes. It is time for our country to honor the men and women that make our freedom possible."
August 15 at 16:10 EST .

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   GO3  Was unable to go to Lowe's for months. Now that I'm able I will see about the mil discount policy at my store.
August 17 at 17:08 EST .

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   GO3  One other thing. For decades businesses located near military bases/posts complained about competition from BX/PX. As things developed, BX/PX started going to high end items with the result that they promoted the "tax free" benefit versus lower prices. 30 years ago there was a fair chunk of the military population at my post who always went to local stores because lower prices more than offset the tax free aspect. Anyway, once places like HD and Lowe's started their 10 percent discount it was essentially negating the tax free advantage of the exchanges. Since retiring, we've always had good access to exchanges, but the pricing wasn't worth the drive to go there. Also, more stores in our area adopted the military discount addition to HD and Lowe's. To counter this, exchanges have now allowed all honorably discharged veterans eligibility to make online purchases on the exchange website.
August 17 at 17:20 EST .

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   GO3  Went to Lowe's yesterday and got the 10% discount just presenting my ID. No DD214 required.
August 18 at 08:01 EST .

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   Safetydude  Maybe the dude at the register in the North Port store had his facts confused. I have no need to go back to find out since the HD is a mile away.
August 24 at 15:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  The link is a WWII veterans page w/before & after photos of famous men known for their public life/lives.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126593439500714264
August 9 at 12:48 EST .

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   GO3  Pretty good site. I just scanned the entries and noted a big mistake. Ronald Reagan was not in the Navy. He was commissioned a 2d Lt. of Cavalry. Because of eyesight problems he was put on limited duty and was granted a transfer to a USAAF public relations unit and making training films until the end of the war.
August 17 at 17:31 EST .

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   GO3  Another trivia question. In WWII, this belligerent's most-produced fighter aircraft had a bad stall characteristic to the right which resulted in fully one-third of these planes to crash on take-off or landing.

a. Japanese Zero
b. US P-47 Thunderbolt
c. British Hurricane
d. German Me-109
July 26 at 04:20 EST .

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   Mike PHX  The zero
July 26 at 07:05 EST .

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   GO3  Try again.
July 26 at 08:33 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Well, belligerent leaves only one other choice...109. I thought it was a trick question.
July 26 at 12:33 EST .

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   GO3  I used belligent as anyone fighting in a war. Sorry for the confusion. But yes, it was the 109. Sturdy and maneuverable in flight, but the swinging landing gear set up and heavy tail made for some interesting take off and landings. And if I understand history shows correctly, this same right turn stall characteristics would crop up in flight because of the cowling design. I also shortchanged the Me-109 production figures. It turns out the Me-109 was the most produced fighter of any nation in the war at 33K+.
July 26 at 21:40 EST .

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   GO3  I'm in a trivia quiz mood today. What Allied WWII general said the following?

"Do not needlessly endanger the lives of your troops until I give you the signal."
July 12 at 21:49 EST .

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   Mike PHX  GO, I'm not sure who, but he definitely sounds Polish.
July 13 at 02:29 EST .

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   GO3  Not Polish, but he may be forgiven for uttering an incomplete sentence which could have been clarified with a few more words.
July 13 at 03:27 EST .

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   GO3  Hint: Not Monty, Patton or MacArthur.
July 13 at 12:06 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Bradley.
I don't know, but he's the only one left I can think of.
July 14 at 22:19 EST .

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   GO3  Good try, but it was Ike. While invasion troops were marshaling in England, a lot of high intensity training was going on with casualties (e.g., the Sullivan brothers ). Ike's intent was to have units dial it back a bit and save strength for the invasion. Unfortunately, his directive came out as being silly. Heck, no one is perfect.

You mention Bradley. JMO but I think he was way overrated.
July 14 at 22:41 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Agreed. From what I heard he was...well...not the best. Strategically or otherwise.
July 15 at 00:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  I like incomplete sentences unless they involve murderers, rapists, pedophiles & traitors; and no Polish jokes unless they're really funny! [I gotta keep an eye on you two] lol
July 15 at 09:17 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Mei, what the
July 15 at 10:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was referring to GO3 (7 posts above this one ) to lighten [insert silly humor] - but if you two are bantering vs. baiting each other - I'm good with that - well no, I'm VERY good with that - humor always welcomed.
July 15 at 14:29 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Jeez, Mei...my joke was about you liking incomplete sentences.
Having to explain jokes makes them meaningless. GO and I are great I think...great minds, and all that.
I hope we're the same.
July 16 at 01:06 EST .

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   GO3  July 2 in military history:

1775 – George Washington arrives in Boston and takes over as commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.
1862 – Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough’s fleet covers the withdrawal of General McClellan’s army after a furious battle with Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee at Malvern Hill.
1863 – Gettysburg: General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia attacks General George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac at both Culp’s Hill and Little Round Top, but fails to move the Yankees from their positions.
1926 – The U.S. Army Air Corps is created by Congress as is the Distinguished Flying Cross.
1943 – The American buildup on Rendova Island continues but the Japanese garrison continues to resist. During the night a Japanese naval force bombards the American positions with little effect.

1943 – The U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Fighter Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen finally see combat. Then Lieutenant Charles B. Hall of Brazil, Indiana becomes the first Tuskegee Airman to score a confirmed kill when he shoots down a German FW-190. Photo: Captain Charles B. Hall.

1944 – On Saipan, American forces conduct a general advance. Garapan village is overrun.
1945 – The submarine USS Barb fires rockets on Kaihyo Island, off the east coast of Karafuto (Sakhalin ) Island. It is the first American underwater craft to fire rockets in shore bombardment.
1950 – USS Juneau and 2 British ships sink 5 of 6 attacking North Korean torpedo boats and gunboats. This is the only significant naval engagement of the Korean War.
1967 – The U.S. Marine Corps launches Operation Buffalo in response to the North Vietnamese Army’s efforts to seize the Marine base at Con Thien.

   July 1 at 23:38 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Whoa whoa whoa, GO. Arent you forgetting the Gulf of Tonkin?
July 2 at 01:10 EST .

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   GO3  You had me going for a minute. I re-checked and the incident took place on August 2.
July 2 at 02:27 EST .

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