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He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,

Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors

His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,

For old Bob has passed away,

And the world’s a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won’t note his passing,

‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing,

And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Someone who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,

We find the Soldier’s part

Is to clean up all the troubles

That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor

While he’s here to hear the praise,

Then at least let’s give him homage

At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say:

“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,

A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

Published in: on April 26, 2011 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Daddy’s Poem

Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go..

But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates; of why he wasn’t there today.

But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again, She tried to keep her daughter home..

But the little girl went to school, eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls.

There were Dad’s along the back wall, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called, a student from the class,
To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching, for a man who wasn’t there.

‘Where’s your daddy at?’  She heard a boy call out.
‘She probably doesn’t have one,’ another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back, She heard a daddy say,
‘Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.’

The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on.

And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.

‘My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day.

And though you can’t meet him, I want all of you to know.
All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories, He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him, I’m not standing here alone.

‘Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart.
I know because he told me, He’ll forever be in my heart’

With that, her little hand reached up, And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress.

And from somewhere in the crowd of dads, Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love, of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her, doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud.

I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star.
And if he could, he’d be here, But heaven’s just too far.

You see, my dad’s a soldier, and he died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy, and taught brave men to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away…’
And then she closed her eyes, and She saw him there that day.

And to her mother’s amazement, She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes..

Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.

‘I know you’re with me Daddy,’ to the silence she called out. ‘
and what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.

Take the time…to live and love   Until eternity. God bless!

I received this from my son while he was still in Iraq on his second tour.  I do not know who wrote this poem, so I am unable to give proper credit.  To whomever wrote this, Thank you!

Published in: on December 3, 2010 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  

72 Words

Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. The oath of enlistment into the United States Armed Forces is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag and other flags, such as the state flag, military branch flag, and unit guidon may be present.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

This simple oath has been taken by millions of men and women over the course of our nation’s history, and, by doing so, have offered their lives, their futures to protect and defend the United States of America. Some have been asked to forfeit their lives because they chose to take that oath. Still others carry physical scars because they chose to take that oath. All carry memories of friends, enemies, and events because they chose to take that oath. That oath takes but a few moments to say. Most who take that oath the first time do not realize the magnitude or the potential ramifications of that oath. I took that oath on entry to the US Army, and I took a similar oath when I became a law enforcement officer. I have been released from neither, nor do I wish to be.

Simply put, taking the oath means you have made it your personal responsibility to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic…”. You are telling the whole world “This is my Country, and I will defend her. I will not allow you to do her harm!” You have given your country a blank check with your name on it. You have stood straight and said with clear voice standing before your fellow citizens “My Country will be Free, even if it costs me my life!”

72 words. Takes less than one minute to recite. Its meaning? Almost unfathomable to those who have not spoken those words with their right hand held high, and have worn a uniform of the United States military. Short answer to what it means: You are a Patriot.

Absentee Voting

The Colorado SOS finally did the right thing by insisting counties follow federal law and get absentee ballots mailed to those in uniform defending Freedom’s Cause overseas!  Hurrah for small miracles!  I didn’t think our SOS would even try…  I find it astounding that an elected official would even think of trying to deny the right to vote to our men and women in uniform much less whine about having to follow the law because it is too hard or for some other moronic reason (apologies to all morons out there for my comparing the Colorado SOS to them).  I just hope the ballots do not arrive too late for them to be returned in time to be counted.

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Marines in action!

So, some Marines climbed aboard a German vessel being held hostage by Somali pirates and captured it without firing a shot. So, what do you do with Somali pirates? This PC world won’t let you dispose of them the way they should be dealt with. Maybe we shouldn’t take prisoners to start with – now, there’s an idea worth contemplating!

If my idea offends you, don’t read my blog!  (I believe we should deal with the Taliban the same way.  No prisoners!)

Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Personal Responsibility

My neighbor’s son, Luke, left for Marine boot camp today.  He just graduated from high school in May.  He signed on with the Marines in spite of my son, Luke, and I, trying to get him to join the Army.  I told him I might still talk to him even after he becomes a Marine.

I am very proud of Luke.  I am proud that he decided to join in spite of the fact that this country is at war with terrorism.  He volunteered to go through all the training that comes with becoming an American fighting man.  He volunteered to make the protection of our freedoms; our way of life; our Constitution and Bill of Rights his personal responsibility.  Let me say that again: He decided to make our freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights his personal responsibility.  Yes, I am very proud of Luke.  He is one of the few to make this decision.  He joins a long line of men and women who have made the defense of our way of life their personal responsibility.

Luke makes the third young person to take the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from our cul-de-sac. I am proud of them all. Good luck young man. Embrace the suck!

Semper fi, Luke!

Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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MOVE Act

So, Colorado and nine other states don’t want to comply with the MOVE Act, and allow those men and women serving overseas in our armed forces to vote. Imagine, 10 Secretary’s of State willingly and unlawfully desire to deny voting rights to those who VOLUNTEERED to place themselves in Harm’s Way. The rational behind this assault on basic American Rights? It’s too hard to implement MOVE Act requirements.

Oh please, too hard?! Pull your head(s) out and do the job you were elected to do. I am stunned this issue isn’t being discussed in the media. Why is it I have only heard about this on FOX and the WSJ®? I know I shouldn’t be surprised but it is disappointing just the same. It seems there is no respect nor belief in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights from any sector except a minority of individual Americans, and they are generally dismissed by politicians and media as Nazis or nut-jobs.

Question for these SOS: What Rights will you plead to withhold next and from whom? I am certain the withholding of Rights will not be imposed on any one or group that leans left. Are you acting on orders from Sec. Clinton, A.G. Holder, both, Ban-Ki Moon, or someone higher? Are you Governor’s involved in this? (I believe our Governor Ritter is involved up to his eyeballs – just a belief on my part. Nothing to substantiate it.)

We need to raise Cain with these folks and insist our state(s) are in full compliance with the law!

UPDATE: 6 p.m. MDT August 27, 2010  The Pentagon announced today they have rejected Colorado’s attempt to negate the military vote come November.  I am very pleased the Pentagon rejected Colorado’s lame excuse for not being compliant with voting laws.  There is no legitimate reason for Colorado to not be in compliance.  Remember, I said legitimate!  I am sure the ‘powers-that-be’ in this state will figure out a way to not count military absentee ballots or to even send them out in time for our military to vote.

Did anyone hear about this on the local news?  Just curious – can’t wait till morning to see if there’s a story in the Denver Post…

A Moment in History

It was a watershed day yesterday; a moment in history for our military and military families when the last of the combat troops exited Iraq after completing a tough job.  Tens of thousands fought Saddam; his croonies; his crazies; al Qaeda; and locals who were just angry. Thousands left their lives there and tens of thousands suffered physical and mental injuries that will be with them and their families for the rest of their lives.

All who served in Iraq should look back on their service proudly, and know they had an important role in making history. They took down an evil, Yes, I said “EVIL”, regime and gave people an opportunity to make their country into something that the rest of the oppressed world could look upon with envy! An Iraqi Democracy. Notice I did not say an American Democracy in Iraq. They made an Iraqi Democracy. They were able to set aside, for the most part, tribal instincts and look to their country’s best interests. They did this in record time though it was not fast enough for some in this country.

Will this Middle Eastern experiment last? Who knows. I certainly hope so. Regardless, our military gave them an opportunity to succeed. A chance at freedom. Hope for their children’s future. The men and women of our military did what they needed to do to give this gift to the Iraqis. If the Iraqis squander this opportunity and fall back on their tribal instincts, it will not mean our military failed its mission. It means the Iraqis acted stupidly, and whatever that future holds is entirely their responsibility.

To all who served – Thank You! To all who were wounded – Thank You and know you are in my prayers! To the families of those who died – Thank You for you sacrifice. Please know I shed tears for each and everyone of you. You are always in my prayers.

Published in: on August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Thank You Veterans!

November 11, 2009

The memorial service yesterday at Ft. Hood makes today’s celebration a bit more somber, more poignant than previous Veteran’s Days.  My first post was Fort Hood with the 2nd Armored Division.  It is where I learned to be a soldier – a tanker.  I learned what tanks could do when they work as a team and what it means to be my brother’s keeper.

That is what being a soldier is about: a teammate; a comrade; a brotherhood.  The speech made by a German officer to his troops in front of Maj. Winters at the end of WWII is the best explanation of what it means to be a soldier: “We Band of Brothers…”.  No truer words I know of can be said of what it means to be a soldier and share the experiences together.  No words can adequately explain what this means when friends or family ask.  It must be experienced to be understood.

To those of you I served with in the 2nd AD at Ft. Hood and 1st AD in Erlangen, Germany: “Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your friendship.  Thank you for being my Brother.”

My grandfather performed convoy escort duty on a destroyer in the Atlantic during WWII.  My dad served in Korea.  My father-in-law flew “the Hump” in WWII.  My wife’s grandfather served in the trenches in WWI and was gassed by the Germans.  I served in the Cold War near the Czechoslovakian border.  My son served two tours in Iraq.  I am blessed to have so many Patriots in my family and doubly blessed that all who have served in the last 109 years came home to family and friends.

I consider it an honor to be counted among those who have written a blank check to my country and am humbled by those whose check was cashed and now rest in honored memory in graveyards around the world.

Veterans of WWII have been called “the Greatest Generation”, and rightly so; however, I submit that all who serve and have served since September 11th, 2001, are themselves a legacy because each and every one of them volunteered to serve; to voluntarily go into Harm’s Way.  They are the newest “Greatest Generation”.  These young men and women answered the call to God, Country, and Duty when they could have simply said “not me, it’s not my job.”

Though the words “Thank You” do not seem to be adequate, they do, somehow, convey a deeper meaning to Veterans.  Thank you tells them, “Yes, my sacrifice was worth it.  My Country, Constitution, Freedoms, and Liberties live on.  My family is safe and secure because men and women of principle made the defense of our nation and its ideals their personal responsibility.”

May God bless our Veterans, their families, and the United States of America.

Published in: on November 11, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Terrorism at Fort Hood?

Initial reports state the murders at Fort Hood today were not terror-related.  The shootings were performed by a Major, a shrink, who converted to Islam, who was upset about an upcoming deployment to either Iraq or Afghanistan.  Two other soldiers are considered suspects and are in custody.

The FBI said “terrorism isn’t even being discussed” (paraphrased).  Well, why not?  Was an act of terror not committed?  Were people in the areas of the shooting not terrified?  Are families not terrified as they have not heard from their loved one(s)?  Are children, still in lock-down at school two hours or more after the school day is finished not terrified?  Are their parents not terrified because they can not get to their children to comfort them and possibly give them the news that Mommy or Daddy won’t be coming home anymore?

What is the difference between this event and “confirmed” terrorist attacks?  None in my opinion!  The killing of innocents by whatever means is an Act of Terror!  It does not matter whether a bomb, airplane, or firearm is used to murder one, a dozen , or thousands of innocents.  An ACT OF TERROR IS TERRORISM regardless how the pundits or government want to paint the picture!  Is their a reason the military and the Administration don’t want to call this what it is – Terrorism?

Are they afraid they will be blamed for this idiot’s murderer’s actions?  They shouldn’t be – nobody in their right mind could make that accusation without looking the fool.  Even the military can not know the mind-set of every soldier, no more than the FBI can know the mind of every criminal.

It is a soldier’s right to moan and complain.  It wouldn’t be the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, or Air Force if the troops didn’t bitch about something.  Something; however, caused this (these) soldier(s) to cross the line and murder their own.

My guess?  Islam, at least on the Major’s part.  Why else would he be upset about a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan and wage war on Islamic Terrorists?  Did he believe the war is about Islam, or, was he a believer in Jihad?  Maybe we will find out after the two suspects are interrogated, if they were involved.

A Terrorist attack destroyed a part of the ‘Band of Brothers’ today.  It did not, and will not have the desired effect Terrorists so desperately want – the destruction of our military and the crumbling of morale.  If anything, the Army and the rest of our military will become closer, stronger, and much more eager to bring the fight to the Jihadii’s doorstep!

HOOAH! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coasties, and your families, always!

NOTE:  It appears the gunman survived in spite of being shot four times by a heroic civilian police sgt who was wounded in the firefight.  Numerous reports, none substantiated, have him saying or yelling Jihadist statements before and during the assault.  It is still my opinion this was a Terrorist attack!