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   Clipped wings  In the last two weeks, we have lost two brave and honorable veterans. I'm sorry that I didn't think to include links. The first was Col. Ola Mize, a Medal of Honor receipant, from Opilaka, AL. I had the honor of knowing him and my husband served with him. A wonderful man. The second was Admiral Jerimah Denton, also of AL. He was a prisoner of war and was famous for his Morse Code message about torture as a POW. He was captive for over 7 years, never broken. There were so many heroes but we are losing them and their stories.
March 30 at 19:15 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  There was a made for TV movie called "When Hell was in Session" that came out in 1979 based by Admiral Denton's book.
March 30 at 21:44 EST .

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   Bettijo  It is amazing that something with no vulgarity can be such a powerful message to Obama
   March 16 at 08:58 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Contrary to what many believe, profanity detracts from the strength of the message.
March 16 at 09:47 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  humm
   March 11 at 13:18 EST .

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   Gerty  The very last shred of doubt I had concerning this administration is gone.

Their (his ) treatment of our armed forces is reprehensible and dangerous to us all. How could members of Congress allow this latest blow to the security of our Country? What is going on? We should be increasing our defenses in these most troubling of times!
   February 25 at 15:39 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Gerty, this whole administration is out its league and so far in over their heads that they don't even have a clue what they're doing.
March 3 at 16:09 EST .

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   Safetydude  This has gone viral and I'm trying to decide if it's disrespectful or just stupid?

Comments, anyone.

http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140214/NEWS/302140019
/Photo-airman-kissing-POW-MIA-symbol-causes-uproar
February 19 at 22:18 EST .

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   Eagles Dominion  STUPID, leave your cameras at home idiots!
February 20 at 14:42 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Repulsive, I'd say. There is a word for people like her, but Ms. Lucianne doesn't allow its use.
February 22 at 20:26 EST .

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   Gram77  It is both disrespectful and stupid. No question.
February 23 at 14:55 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  My nephew Luke, with a few good friends...
   January 26 at 00:28 EST .

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   Varkdriver  Godspeed to Luke and all who are serving 'over there'; wishing for a speedy and safe return.

Seeing the tributes below to MSG Benavidez reminded me of the powerful recent public service announcement by Medal of Honor recipients. I urge all who return from combat to watch, and if needed, seek help in the readjustment process. http://www.medalofhonorspeakout.org/
February 11 at 14:06 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  He is back stateside now. Thankfully!
February 14 at 20:14 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  http://www.youtube.com/v/AgYLr_LfhLo?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
January 19 at 08:00 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  War is something to be avoided, not at all costs, but to the extent that freedom is not sacrificed in the name of peace, because evil and servitude will not allow peace.
January 20 at 09:46 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  reply by a very wise man that has been there, done that, thanks OB
January 20 at 11:33 EST .

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   Eagles Dominion  Special Forces assisting Afghan forces clear Bahlozi village in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Jan. 1, 2014.
On the M224 60mm mortar, there is a smaller baseplate for handheld mode, and a range indicator right about the handle where the trigger is located. It has two modes of firing--drop and trigger, the latter being for the handheld mode, as in this pic. The range indicator is a leveling bubble, which ensures the tube is straight up and down as well. Forward and back it has range gradations. Put the bubble in the center at the range desired, and pull the trigger.
Lt.Col. Jean DuBois

   January 13 at 11:05 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  The photographer used a very high shutter speed to be able to catch the actual round launching from the tube.
January 14 at 11:30 EST .

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   Mikkins2  Question. Does anyone know how I can get a DD214? I have filed online before and received a response that "Yes, Mr. Henkins we do see you served and were Honorably discharged, but we cannot obtain your DD214." This was a few years ago and I was wondering is there anyone who had the same issue, but were able to get the DD214?

Any response would be welcome.
January 10 at 16:39 EST .

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   Guard SGT (ret)  I would go through your Congressman and or Senators. This is one of the few ways to cut through the red tape. These elected officials do get action from DoD.
January 10 at 21:19 EST .

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   Guard SGT (ret)  My last DD-214 was when I was demobbing from a Army Guard Tour in Iraq. I was prior service in the Active Air Force. The Army had to issue all of us a DD-214 to release us from active duty. I had a problem, the Army didn't want to put two Air Force ribbons I had earned on the DD-214. The Specialist told me not to worry, they are on the older DD-214.
Not the right answer. The DD-214 would be complete and accurate before I signed.
A Master Sergeant got involved. He said they didn't have codes for those ribbons. I informed him that is not my problem. I earned the ribbons. The ribbons will be on the DD-214. Both got busy. They found a code for one and included the other in the remarks.
I was happy. I thanked both for their efforts.
This was one moment I had the Army over a barrel!
January 10 at 21:25 EST .

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   Safetydude  Mikkins,

Try this site. You may have to join, it's free. There is a lot of expertise there.

Good luck.


http://army.togetherweserved.com/army/se
rvlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=Profile
January 11 at 17:39 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  This is where I got mine.

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/militar
y-service-records/
January 12 at 13:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  I went to the same place Buzz did for my dad's records. He was in WWII, and they had a fire at the St. Louis records center in the 70's. But, they sent me a really nice letter saying they had incomplete records for my dad, but gave me his service dates, and the medals he had earned (which is what I wanted ). Sorry, but we had his DD-214, or whatever it was called back then.

Interestingly, he had two sets of discharge papers. I didn't think it odd, but veteran friends did. Daddy went into the Army in 1944 when he graduated from high school. He was apparently very good with a rifle (he grew up in Georgia during the depression, he shot squirrels and rabbits for dinner ). The army had him teach riflery, and later artillery (he said that is where he learned trigonometry ). Eventually, they gave him a discharge, and the same day enlisted him into OCS. He has a Good Conduct Medal from those first few months, which of course, an officer would never get.
January 13 at 21:01 EST .

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   Safetydude  Just an aside...

I liked to see the GCM ribbon or an enlisted occupational badge below the wings on a pilot's dress uniform.

Then I knew that guy had, at some time, been a grunt.

I'm guessing your dad was dicharged after basic. Then he took his officer's oath when he was accepted to OCS.


You must be proud of your dad.
January 14 at 22:26 EST .

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   Eagles Dominion  I've got two DD214s. I was discharged and reenlisted to change my MOS. So I have two Honorable Discharges, actually I have three because I have one from the AZ National Guard also.
January 15 at 11:21 EST .

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   Mikkins2  Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice. All I want is to have it should I want to use the benefits. Well, before Ryan takes them away because they are too "generous".
January 17 at 09:13 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've seen flags made of flowers, etc., but never one made of toy soldiers.

http://www.allproudamericans.com/awesome-flag-made-from-plas
tic-army-men-ii.html
January 9 at 17:44 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  In a way, much like life... Unified, each with a purpose, requiring each individual contribution in its proper place, making something larger than the sum of the parts.
January 9 at 20:01 EST .

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   Guard SGT (ret)  One wrong move and..............disaster!
January 9 at 21:11 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  WW, you have a knack for looking beyond the obvious.
January 11 at 20:27 EST .

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