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Subj:     Soldier-Supp 2 Jokes
                 (Includes 31 jokes and articles, 03994,27,cf,5wXT3,24)

Saluting Soldier from
Badger's Animated GIF Gallery
Includes the following:  Memorial Day 2013 (S851)
.........................Bob Hope's Christmas w/Troops - Video(S934)
.........................World War II Veteran Shares His Story - Video (S856)
.........................The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Video (S880)
.........................FREEDOM IS NOT FREE | A Soldier's Pledge - Video (S851)
.........................James Arness in WWII (S460b)
.........................Buffalo Soldiers National Museum - Video (S994)
.........................Just A Common Soldier - Poem (S850)
.........................The Tootsie Roll Story During The Korean War - Video (S853)
.........................Kilroy Was Here (S849)
.........................British vs French Uniforms (S323b, S776)
.........................Japanese Sign Final Surrender - Video (S833)
.........................Honor at Last for Roy P - Video (S831)
.........................The Great Escape - Tunnel Revealed (S828)
.........................Soldiers' Angels - May No Soldier Go Unloved (S825)
.........................Hero's Welcome - Video (S824)
.........................Wisdom - From The Military (S519b)
.........................KISS Concert In Iraq - Video (S787)
.........................Monopoly Aided WWII POWs Escape (S810)
.........................VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 - Video (S757)
.........................Ballad of the Queen Berets - Video (S736)
.........................Little-Known WWII Facts/Trivia (S735)
.........................Requesting A Three Day Pass (S743)
.........................Beautiful Female Military Around the World - PPS/Vid (S728)
.........................A Remarkable Experience In WWII - Video (S711)
.........................Bill Mauldin,  World War II Cartoonist (S700)
.........................ER Doctors Discusses Vets (S172)
.........................Short Soldier Jokes
..............................Southpark: Killing Ben Laden - Video (S744)
..............................Veteran's Day School Note (S876)
..............................Doonesbury Sunday Comic Strip (S702b)
..............................Quote On Truman Firing MacArthur (S699b)

..Made from IStockPhoto, FeaturePics,  and  CrazyMountainStamps
Subj:     Memorial Day 2013 (S851)
..........From: Debbie Rees Donohoue.on Facebook on 5/24/2013
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Subj:     Bob Hope's Christmas w/Troops (S934d)
          From: tom on 12/11/2014
Photo from YouTube.com
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/ppA4qYF7ARo
 Source2: http://biggeekdad.com/2011/02/bob-hope-christmas/

 This video is a wonderful look at some special moments Bob
 spent with the troops during his many Christmas performance.
 Bob Hope performed for the brave troops in WW2, Korean War,
 Viet Nam and the Persian Gulf War.  Bob Hope was without a
 doubt one of the greatest entertainers of all time. 

 Click 'HERE' see a wonderful collection of video clips of
 Bob visiting our troops at Christmas.

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Subj:     World War II Veteran Shares His Story
          By Anna Werner of CBS Newson 5/30/2012 (S856d)
 Source: http://www.wimp.com/veteranstory/

 93-year-old Tom Blakey, a 'living artifact' from World War II,
 has been volunteering at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans,
 Louisiana for more than 13 years.  Staff Sgt. Blakey was a
 paratrooper with the 82nd airborne and on June 6, 1944 Blakey
 parachuted into France behind enemy lines, he shares his story
 with Anna Werner of CBS News.  Click 'HERE'  see the National
 WWII Museum and hear Tom Blakey tell his story for the very
 first time.
 

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Subj:     The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B
          From: kgilmour2000 on 11/19/2013 (S880d)
..........At: http://www.youtube.com/embed/qafnJ6mRbgk

 This video clip is from the 1941 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film,
 "Buck Privates".  Click 'HERE' to see this wonderful video from
 a WWII movie.
 

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Subj:     FREEDOM IS NOT FREE | A Soldier's Pledge
          From: darrelldre on 5/25/2013 (S851d)
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wt8y18YFH70
 Source2: http://www.coolestone.com/media/5878/
..........FREEDOM-IS-NOT-FREE-%7C-A-Soldier's-Pledge/
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This Memorial Day video is meant to honor the
men and women who have selflessly defended our
nation.  It features a powerful message given
by President Ronald Reagan during his first
Inaugural Address on January 20, 1981.
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 Click 'HERE' to see and hear this wonderful message from
 President Ronald Reagan.

 Click 'Ronald Reagan's One-Liners' in Political-Supp to
 see all the videos, one-liners and jokes by Ronald Reagan.

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Subj:     James Arness in WWII (S460b - movies-etc-supp)
          From: igiggle on 11/14/2005

 During World War II, before James Arness portrayed U.S.
 marshall Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, he was the first
 American soldier to jump off his boat at the Anzio
 beachhead.  He was ordered to do so by his commanding
 officer because, standing at 6'8", Arness was the
 tallest man in his company, and the water's depth
 needed to be tested as a safety precaution.

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Subj:     Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (S994d)
          Created by texascountryreporter
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/taFntB8Ytc8
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Subj:     Just A Common Soldier - Poem (S850d)
          by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
          From: robertbenevento on 4/21/2013
Photo from TodayInHistory
 Source1: http://vaincourt.homestead.com/common_soldier.html
 Source2: http://vaincourt.homestead.com/author.html

 Larry Vaincourt's writing has been published across Canada,
 the United States and around the world.  He is best known
 for his moving poem JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died
 Today).  For years the poem has been broadcast nationally
 every Memorial Day on American radio.  In 2008 it was carved
 into marble for an American Veteran's Memorial. 

 Click 'HERE' for my copy, to read this wonderful tribute
 to all veterans.

 Larry's books and poems, including JUST A COMMON SOLDIER and
 Other Poems, are available at Source2.

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Subj:  Tootsie Roll Story During Korean War (S853d)
       At the National Museum of the Marine Corps
       Narrator Major Dave Vickers USMC (Ret)
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/8emP0_xDP2Q
 Source2: http://www.wimp.com/tootsieroll/

 At the National Museum of the Marine Corps, narrator
 Major Dave Vickers USMC (Ret) recounts the Battle of
 Chosin Reservoir, Korean War in 1950. The mortar
 sections of the Marine Corps started to run out of
 rounds and needed to radio for an ammunition drop.
 Click 'HERE' to hear this cute, scary part of our
 military history.

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Subj:     Kilroy Was Here (S849d)
          From: tom on 4/16/2013

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here

Drawing from KilroyWasHere.org

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 Kilroy was here is a famous American culture expression
 that became popular during World War II; it is typically
 seen in graffiti. Its origins are debated, but the phrase
 and the distinctive accompanying doodle - a bald-headed
 man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a
 prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of
 each hand clutching the wall - became associated with GIs
 in the 1940s.

 Click 'HERE' to see and read about this famous, symbolic
 World War II doodle.

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Subj:     British vs French Uniforms (S323b, S776)
          From: RFSlick on 4/3/2003
      and From: darrelldre on 11/27/2011

 A long time ago, Britain and France were at war.  During
 one battle, the French captured an English major.  Taking
 the major to their headquarters, the French general began
 to question him.  Finally, as an afterthought, the French
 General asked, "Why do you British officers all wear red
 coats?  Don't you know the red material makes you easier
 targets for us to shoot at?"

 In his bland English way, the major informed the general
 that the reason English officers wear red coats is so that
 if they are shot, the blood won't show and the men they
 are leading won't panic.  And that is why from that day
 to now all French Army officers wear brown pants.

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Subj:     Japanese Sign Final Surrender (S833d)
          From: tom on 12/23/2012
 Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vcnH_kF1zXc

 This news reel is the surrender ceremony of Japan at the
 end on WWII on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on
 September 2, 1945. Background music is "With Honor Crowned".

 Click 'HERE' to see this amazing news reel.

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Subj:    Honor at Last for Roy P (S831d)
         From: hendersonjrg on 11/17/2012
Photo from C312.com
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7968BbMnU

 This video is about Roy P. Benavidez's second tour in 
 Vietnam.  He had been so gravely wounded, by stepping on
 a landmine, on his first tour that he was drummed out of
 the Army after returning.  Roy built his body back up and
 returned to the service after proving himself fit and
 joined the elite Green Beret's and went back to Vietnam
 for a second tour for which he received the Medal of Honor.
 Click 'HERE' to read the most amazing, true story of
 heroism ever written.

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Subj:     The Great Escape - Tunnel Revealed
          From: darrelldre on 11/20/2012 (S828d)
Drawing from Merkki.com...
 Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2064068/Tunnel-
.........time-Revealed-67-years-passage-used-Great-Escape.html

 Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great
 Escape has finally been unearthed.  The 111-yard passage nicknamed
 'Harry' by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the
 audacious break-out from the PoW camp Stalag Luft III in western
 Poland.

 Despite huge interest in the subject, encouraged by the film
 starring Steve McQueen, the tunnel remained undisturbed over
 the decades because it was behind the Iron Curtain and the Soviet
 authorities had no interest in its significance.

 Click 'HERE' to read about the real Great Escape.

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Subj:     Soldiers' Angels - May No Soldier Go Unloved (S825)
          From: hendersonjrg on 11/3/2012
 Source1: http://www.soldiersangels.org/
 Source2: http://www.facebook.com/SoldiersAngelsOfficial
Drawing from SoldierAngels.org
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 Soldiers' Angels is a national organization with members
 in all fifty states and Puerto Rico, and several friendly
 countries who support our brave men and women in uniform
 as they carry out their mission. By working together and
 sharing a common vision of service, the volunteers of
 Soldiers' Angels send care to deployed soldiers and their
 loved ones at home.

 If you go to Amazon.com at
 http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html
 ?ie=UTF8?type=wishlist?id=KZ4HJ3336AEW
 you can choose from 23 needed items for our troops.  You
 buy the items on Amazon and they are sent to Soldiers'
 Angels for shipping to our troops.
 

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Subj:     Hero's Welcome (S824d)
          From: Mel's Video of the Day on 10/25/2012
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/7nuofhjJeyM

 Every American soldier killed in war, is a fallen hero,
 and deserves both the nation's thanks and a 'Hero's
 Welcome'. That's what the 'Flagman' Larry Eckhardt
 believes, and wait until you see what he does about it.
 Steve Hartman reports from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, the
 home of U.S. Army Pvt. Dustin Gross, who was killed by
 a roadside bomb earlier this month in Afghanistan.
 Click 'HERE' to see this wonderful 'Hero's Welcome.'

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Subj:     Wisdom - From The Military (S519b)
          From: jbcary1 on 1/3/2007

 "A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire
  when you least expect it.  That would make you quite
  unpopular in what's left of your unit."
    -- Army's magazine of preventive maintenance.
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 "Aim towards the Enemy."
    -- Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher
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 "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
    -- U.S. Marine Corps
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 "Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate.
  The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground."
    -- USAF Ammo Troop
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 "If the enemy is in range, so are you."
    -- Infantry Journal
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 "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the
  area you just bombed."  -- U.S. Air Force Manual
 ------------------------------------------------------
 "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously
  never encountered automatic weapons."  -- General Macarthur
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 "Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo."
    -- Infantry Journal
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 "You, you, and you ... Panic.  The rest of you,
  come with me."  -- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
 ------------------------------------------------------
 "Tracers work both ways."  - U.S. Army Ordnance
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 "Five second fuses only last three seconds."
    -- Infantry Journal
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 "Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't
  ever volunteer to do anything."  -- U.S. Navy Swabbie
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
    -- David Hackworth
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 "If your attack is going too well, you're walking into
  an ambush."  -- Infantry Journal
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 "No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
    -- Joe Gay
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 "Any ship can be a minesweeper.  Once."
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 "Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
    -- Unknown Marine Recruit
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 "Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."
    -- Your Buddies
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 "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him."
    -- USAF Ammo Troop
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 "Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No
  Evil.  For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."  -- At the
  entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."
    -- Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
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 "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean
  than submarines in the sky."  - From an old carrier sailor
 ------------------------------------------------------
 "If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's
  probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always
  have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive
  flying club."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and
  pilots?  If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws
  up, .... The pilot dies"
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 "Never trade luck for skill."
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 The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in
 aviation are: "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?"  And
 "Oh S...!"
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 "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get
  a pilot pregnant."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Airspeed, altitude and brains.  Two are always needed to
  successfully complete the flight."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck;
  three in a row is prevarication."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous."
 ---------------------------------------------------------
 "Mankind has a perfect record in aviation;
  we never left one up there!"
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight
  bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your
  plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding
  or doing anything about it."
 --------------------------------------------------------
 "The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can
  just barely kill you."
    -- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
 --------------------------------------------------------
 "A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying
  his plane to its maximum."  - Jon McBride, astronaut
 --------------------------------------------------------
 "If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as
  far into the crash as possible."
    -- Bob Hoover (renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
 --------------------------------------------------------
 "Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in
  peacetime."  -- Sign over squadron ops desk
  at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
 --------------------------------------------------------
 "If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
 --------------------------------------------------------
 Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air.
 Do not go near the edges of it.  The edges of the air can
 be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea,
 trees and interstellar space.  It is much more difficult
 to fly there."
 -------------------------------------------------------
 "You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it
  takes full power to taxi to the terminal."
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 As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft,
 having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing,
 the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot
 and asks "What happened?".
 The pilot's reply: "I don't know, I just got here myself!"  -
 Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

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Subj:     KISS Concert In Iraq (S787d)
          From: sam.hutkins on 10/30/2011
..........At: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5MtdIO23MKM

 This video was shot on Veterans Day 2011 during the KISS
 Concert in Iraq.  Click 'HERE' to see this very moving
 "Gene Simmons Military Tribute."

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Subj:     Monopoly Aided WWII POWs Escape (S810d)
          From: kgilmour2000 on 7/22/2012
 Source: http://www.snopes.com/military/monopoly.asp

 During World War II, Monopoly games were used to help
 POWs escape.  Click 'HERE' to read this only recently
 declassified, true story.

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Subj:     VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 (S757d)
          By Richard Sullivan
          From: sam.hutkins on 7/14/2011
 Source: http://vimeo.com/5645171

 65 years ago, Richard Sullivan's dad shot this film along
 Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations
 that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese
 surrender.  Click 'HERE' to see this Kodachrome 16mm film
 converted to a digital format.

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Subj:    Ballad of the Queen Berets (S736d)
         By Capitol Steps
         From: ft.apache on 2/19/2011
 Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/gymM-a9BRbU

 The Military finally acknowledges that it will accept
 gays without prejudice and/or subterfuge. The 'Ballad
 of the Queen Berets' was written and performed by the
 Capitol Steps.  Click 'HERE' to see this cute animation.

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Subj:     Little-Known WWII Facts/Trivia (S735d)
          by Col D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret
          From: darrellvip on 2/11/2011
Drawing from ImageShack.us
 Source1: http://jointchiefs.net/World_War_2.htm
 Source2: http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,
..........Defensewatch_111903_Lighter,00.html

 You'll enjoy these little-known WWII facts from Colonel
 D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret., and a history buff.  You
 would really have to dig to get this kind of ringside
 seat to history.  Click 'HERE' to read this amazing set
 of military trivia.

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Subj:     Requesting A Three Day Pass (S743)
          From: ezines@arcamax.com on 4/2/2011

 An Israeli soldier who just enlisted asked the Commanding
 Officer for a 3-day pass.  The CO says "Are you crazy?
 You just join the Israeli army, and you already want a
 3-day pass?  You must do something spectacular for that
 recognition!"

  So the soldier comes back a day later in an Arab tank!

 The CO was so impressed, he asked "How did you do it?"

 "Well, I jumped in a tank, and went toward the border with
 the Arabs.  I approached the border, and saw an Arab tank.
 I put my white flag up, the Arab tank put his white flag
 up.  I said to the Arab soldier, "Do you want to get a
 three-day pass?  So we exchanged tanks!"

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Subj:     Beautiful Female Military Around the World
          From: darrellvip on 12/28/2010 (S728d)
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Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/iCmppOwVPFg

Click 'HERE' to see this video of beautiful
female soldiers.

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Click 'HERE' for my copy, to see this great
PowerPoint Show of beautiful female soldiers.
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Subj:     A Remarkable Experience In WWII (S711d)
          From: Wimp.com on 8/30/2010
Photo from YouTube.com
 Source: http://www.wimp.com/remarkableexperience/

 A 90-year-old man recounts a remarkable experience he
 had in WWII.  Click 'HERE' to hear this remarkable,
 true story.

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Subj:     Bill Mauldin,  World War II Cartoonist
          From: tom on 6/8/2010 (S700d)
 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Mauldin

 Bill Mauldin, and his cartoons, meant so much to the millions
 of Americans who fought in World War II, and  to those who
 had waited for them to come home.  He was a kid cartoonist
 for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin's
 drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubbled infantry-
 men Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was
 like on the front lines.  Click 'HERE' to read this wonderful
 story.

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Subj:     ER Doctors Discusses Vets (S172)
          By CPT Stephen R. Ellison, M.D.
          From: collins on 5/15/00

 I am a doctor specializing in Emergency Medicine in the Emer-
 gency Departments of the only two military Level One trauma
 centers.  They are both in San Antonio, TX and they care for
 civilian emergencies as well as military personnel.

 San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in
 the world living here because of the location of these two
 large military medical centers.  As a military doctor in
 training for my specialty I work long hours and the pay
 is less than glamorous.  One tends to become jaded by the
 long hours, lack of sleep, food, family contact and the end-
 less parade of human suffering passing before you.

 The arrival of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only
 more work.  Most often it is a victim from a motor vehicle
 crash.  Often it is a person of dubious character who has
 been shot or stabbed.  With our large military retiree pop-
 ulation it is often a nursing home patient.

 Even with my enlisted service and minimal combat experience
 in Panama prior to medical school, I have caught myself
 groaning when the ambulance brought in yet another sick,
 elderly person from one of the local retirement centers
 that cater to military retirees.  I had not stopped to think
 of what citizens of this age group represented.

 I saw Saving Private Ryan.  I was touched deeply.  Not so
 much by the carnage in the first 30 minutes but by the
 sacrifices of so many.  I was touched most by the scene of
 the elderly survivor at the graveside asking his wife if
 he'd been a good man.

 I realized that I had seen these same men and women coming
 through my Emergency Dept and had not realized what magnif-
 icent sacrifices they had made.  The things they did for me
 and everyone else who has lived on this planet since the
 end of that conflict are priceless.

 Situation permitting I now try to ask my patients about their
 experiences.  They would never bring up the subject without
 the inquiry.  I have been privileged to an amazing array of
 experiences recounted in the brief minutes allowed in an
 Emergency Dept encounter.

 These experiences have revealed the incredible individuals
 I have had the honor of serving in a medical capacity, many
 on their last admission to the hospital.  There was a frail,
 elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic trying
 to start an IV line in her arm. She remained calm and
 poised despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks
 into her fragile veins.

 She was what we call a "hard stick."  As the medic made
 another attempt I noticed a number tattooed across her
 forearm.  I touched it with one finger and looked into her
 eyes.  She simply said "Auschwitz." Many of later generations
 would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his
 many attempts.  How different was the response from this
 person who'd seen unspeakable suffering.

 A long retired Colonel who as a young USN officer had
 parachuted from his burning plane over a pacific island held
 by the Japanese.  Now an octogenarian, his head cut in a
 fall at home where he lived alone.  His CT scan and suturing
 had been delayed until after midnight by the usual parade
 of high priority ambulance patients.  Still spry for his
 age, he asked to use the phone to call a taxi to take him
 home then realized his ambulance had brought him without his
 wallet.  He asked if he could use the phone to make a long
 distance call to his daughter who lived 70 miles away.  With
 great pride we told him that he could not as he'd done enough
 for his country and the least we could do was get him a taxi
 home, even if we had to pay for it ourselves.  My only regret
 was that my shift wouldn't end for several hours and I could
 not drive him myself.

 I was there the night MSG Roy Benavidez came through the
 Emergency Dept for the last time.  He was very sick.  I was
 not the doctor taking care of him but I walked to his bedside
 and took his hand.  I said nothing.  He was so sick he didn't
 know I was there.  I'd read his Congressional Medal of Honor
 citation and wanted to shake his hand.  He died a few days
 later.

 The gentleman who served with Merrill's Marauders, the
 survivor of the Baatan Death March, the survivor Omaha Beach,
 the 101 year old World War I veteran, the former POW held in
 frozen North Korea, the former Special Forces medic now with
 non-operable liver cancer, the former Viet Nam Corps Commander.

 I remember these citizens.  I may still groan when yet another
 ambulance comes in but now I am much more aware of what an
 honor it is to serve these particular men and women.  I am
 angered at the cut backs, implemented and proposed, that will
 continue to decay their meager retirement benefits.

 I see the President and Congress who would turn their back on
 these individuals who've sacrificed so much to protect our
 liberty.  I see later generations that seem to be totally
 engrossed in abusing these same liberties won with such
 sacrifice.  It has become my personal endeavor to make the
 nurses and young enlisted medics aware of these amazing
 individuals when I encounter them in our Emergency Dept.
 Their response to these particular citizens has made me think
 that perhaps all is not lost in the next generation.

 My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an
 incredible generation and this nation knows not what it is
 losing.  Our uncaring government and ungrateful civilian
 populace should all take note.  We should all remember that
 we must " Earn this."


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Subj:     Southpark: Killing Ben Laden (S744d)
          From: RDobry on Facebook on 5/2/2011
..........At: https://www.youtube.com/embed/GinOux588RA
 This fifteen seconds of Southpark's Jersey Shore Episode,
 shows the killing of Ben Laden.  Click 'HERE' to see this skit.
 

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Subj:     Veteran's Day School Note (S876)
          From: Jan Ranieri on Facebook on 11/13/2013
 Source: http://imgur.com/ynCzu1R
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Subj:     Doonesbury Sunday Comic Strip (S702b)
          By Garry Trudeau on 6/27/2010
 Source: http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2010/06/27
 This Sunday comic strip by Trudeau discusses a recruitment
 problem in the modern army.  Click 'HERE' to see how
 Doonesbury takes this recent news item and makes it funny.
 

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Subj:     Quote On Truman Firing MacArthur (S699b)
          From: Daniel Schumacher on Facebook on 6/22/10
Photo from TheFreeDictionary.com
 Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman

 This week President Obama fired General Stanley McChrystal
 for comments made to the Rolling Stones Magazine.  Obama said
 that no president in the last fifty years had done this since
 President Harry Truman had fired General Douglas MacArthur.

 President Harry Truman had just fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 for publicly disagreeing with his policy against expanding
 the Korean War into China. -- "I fired him because he wouldn't
 respect the authority of the president.  I didn't fire him
 because he was a dumb son-of-a-bitch, although he was, but
 that's not against the law for generals.  If it was, half to
 three-quarters of them would be in jail."

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