A Pause to Remember

By: Patrap , 2:09 PM GMT on May 22, 2009

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Thanx for stopping in GeneW.
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Thank you Pat!
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As a 21-year-old infantryman, Charles Durning, one America's premier character actors, was among the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach during World War II. In this exclusive video clip introduced by Tom Hanks, Durning talks about his war experiences for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. From 2007

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Thank you Pat
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Why TYVM WS,....carry on
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OooH Rah..!

Semper Fi!!!!!!!!!
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Taps Buglers, past and present, at Arlington National Cemetery who sound the twenty four notes of Taps in all types of weather paying tribute to those who have served. Music is Amazing Grace arranged by Jari Villanueva and performed by the USAF Band. Taps is sounded on an original Civil War clairon. For more information on Taps visit www.tapsbugler.com

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Samuel W. Leak
Army 1st Lt. WW-2

Gone to Rest January 1979
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Joseph D. Pearson USMC
WW-2 Battle Of Okinawa

Gone to Rest 21 March 2003
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SGT Larry William McKee, US Army

On the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:

* HHC 1/46th Infantry;
* C Co 1/46th Infantry;
* a Recon Platoon;
* elements of a Mortar Platoon;
* two 155mm howitzer sections, 3/16th Arty; and
* twenty ARVN artillerymen.

At approximately 0230 hours, 28 March 1971, the VC mounted a coordinated mortar and sapper attack. Almost simultaneously with the mortar attack, sappers employed satchel charges and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) to penetrate the south side of the FSB's perimeter. Americans in the perimeter bunkers hunkered down until the explosions from the mortar rounds, satchel charges, and RPGs had subsided, but by then the sappers had breached the trench line and were inside the base. Once inside FSB Mary Ann, the sappers struck over half the bunkers. By the time the VC withdrew, 30 American soldiers were dead and 76 wounded - sadly, according to Army records 12 of the 30 dead were killed by friendly fire brought down to force the VC from the over-run areas of the base.
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Beneath every Marker is a Life that was Lived,family loved and cherished.

Thanks for the wonderful post.
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Soldier's Letter to Daughter Illuminates a Tender Side
Victim of Iraq Explosion Is Buried With Full Honors
By Stephanie McCrummen

Courtesy of the Washington Post
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
A few hours before Lieutenant Scott McLean Love was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery, his father stood before a crowd of family and friends to tell them about all the other things that his 32-year-old son was, besides another good soldier who died in Iraq.

"I have some notes," Robert Love began inside Murphy's funeral home, a few miles from the cemetery. "It's the only way I can do this."
His son was an artist, Love said, a genius with a sketch pad. During high school in Huntsville, Ala., he was an actor, too, playing Felix in "The Odd Couple" and an old man in another play.

He was a writer of screenplays and of long letters to his young daughter, Vina, his father said, and he invited everyone to read the one on the back of the program.

"Vina," Scott Love had written from someplace in Iraq. "I had a dream with you in it the other night. . . . We were at the beach and we made a gigantic sand castle. We made an enormous castle with candy cane stripes and we climbed to the top of the tower. From there, we could see far out to sea. . . . You told stories about friendly rhinos and magical forests and adventures on the moon and I listened and I laughed. The sky turned pink, then orange, then purple. When the winking stars came out, we climbed down out of the tower and we walked on the sand with no shoes on. I love you, Vina. Dad."

The mourners made their way to their cars, people who had come from Alabama and a buddy of Love's who came from Walter Reed Army Medical Center wearing a neck brace and using a cane. Love's mother thanked him for coming and said she would love to hear stories about her son, "to learn more about him."

In the lobby, a couple of men were talking, and one of them said, "These kids" and shook his head, and the other one said, "Unbelievable."

Love, who grew up in Huntsville, died June 6, 2006, from injuries suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi, Defense Department officials said. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, based in Baumholder, Germany.

He received full honors at Arlington in a service that began about 4 p.m. when three Army officers, their gold medals rattling, walked across the stiff and yellowing grass.

An Army band followed down the road, then the horse-drawn caisson carrying Love's coffin, then Love's mother and father and Vina in a white dress, and then a line of white headlights.

The sky had been pale blue, but a thunderstorm was blowing in, and moments before, cemetery workers had rolled a tent to Grave Site No. 8399, where the coffin was now, draped with a U.S. flag. People sat in folding chairs facing it; others stood off in the grass.

It started raining. A row of soldiers fired three shots into the air, people opened big golf umbrellas, and a bugler played taps.

The casket team folded the flag into a triangle while the band played "America the Beautiful," and when they were finished, Love's mother, Lydia, leaned over to Vina.

She pointed to the man in the white hat and yellow-striped pants, now holding the triangle, stars facing up. He leaned over to the little girl, and, handing her the flag, said a few words.

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Thank you, Pat!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Memorial Day Tribute to members of the United States Armed Forces who now rest in peace in Arlington National Cemetery - set to the song - "Arlington" by Trace Adkins - In honor of the Fallen Heroes of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Reserves. All gave some, some gave all. These are the men and women who bought our freedom at the price of their lives. We give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and pray for the loved ones they left behind.

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Service was a Privilege odog,..a time for me that I will always treasure,and pass on to mine.. Have a Great weekend counselor
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Thank you for your service, Pat.

God bless you and yours!
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Ya'll do the Same Ogal..thanx for stopping by too.
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Pat, you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day!
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Morning reeldrlaura,..
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Thinking of you this weekend.........and ALL my brothers/SISTERS in arms. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
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