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Like you, my conduct and the conduct of my peers was and continues to this day to be slandered by politicians and the media. Sadly, they have again been joined by both the ignorant and the unpatriotic and encouraged by enemies and traitors to undermine our efforts and those of our peers, including today's marvelous young men and women to whom we have passed the torch of freedom. Military veterans are an amalgamation of unique individuals, melded together in the crucible of wars past and present and bonded by duty, honor, sacrifice, blood, and love of country. More so than through any other community, the associations and friendships formed through the military and law enforcement and firefighters and other emergency responders are lifelong, and we mourn the loss of our comrades until we rejoin them again someday in formation in Heaven. Sadly, politicians and historians do not understand, let alone share, our code of conduct and ethics. Perhaps someday they will learn if they have the courage and will to seek the truth and report it honestly and accurately. "The fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men." Edmund Burke
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|Long before his conservative manifesto Liberty and Tyranny became a #1 New York Times bestseller, Mark R. Levin's love for his country was instilled in him by his father, Jack E. Levin. At family dinners, Jack would share his bountiful knowledge of American history and, especially, the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln.||#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with yet another explosive thriller, introducing the young Mitch Rapp, as he takes on his first assignment.
Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.
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"...just one moment, one explosion, or one bullet separates Veterans Day from Memorial Day." -- Pete Hegseth, VetsForFreedom.org
"If we and our posterity...live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country....But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." -- Daniel Webster, addressing the New York Historical Society, 1852.
"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature." -- Benjamin Franklin
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars to be treated and appreciated by their nation." - George Washington
"Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure." - Abraham Lincoln
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them or driving them out of it" -- Benjamin Franklin
"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers have acquired too much, in order to spare to others who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equaled industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'to guarantee to everyone of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.'" - Thomas Jefferson
"The utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of wealth], and a community of goods, are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional." --Samuel Adams
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they COULD and SHOULD do for themselves." -- Reverend William J.H. Boetcker
During my 12 month tour (actually 366 days), more than half the pilots with whom I flew my 100+ missions were Reservists, like me, and Air Guardsmen. John Kerry equated Guardsmen with draft dodgers. The majority of members of the Guard and Reserves are former Active Duty military. Chances are good that the next time you fly on a commercial airliner, the pilots will be former military and perhaps members of the National Guard or Reserves. I often wondered how many names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall are of National Guardsmen and Reservists. One hundred and forty Medal of Honor recipients were in the National Guard. Six thousand seventy-seven members of the National Guard or Reserves died in Vietnam.
The Military Heritage & Aviation Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence for more than seven years. The Museum is located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida.
The Museum is funded by donations and grants, and a paid executive director and administrative assistant are supported by 35 volunteers -- mostly veterans -- who work as Museum guides and help in other ways.
The Museum currently displays more than 30,000 military artifacts from as far back as the Spanish-American War to the current conflict in Iraq. The Museum is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have defended our freedom by putting their lives on the line through their military service.
Read War On The Rivers, a Swiftboat Sailor's Chronicle of the Battle for the Mekong Delta -- a factual and technically correct description that captures this part of the "dirty little war" in a magnificent way that truly tells the story of the "Swifties" -- Lt J. E. Howard, USN (ret), excerpted from Military magazine.
Read the Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Story This Is Latch to learn about their decorated leader, whose career and service to his nation began during World War II and was not completed until, coming out of retirement, he organized the "Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth" during the 2004 Presidential campaign to expose John Kerry as "Unfit For Command".
Be sure to visit The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation was initially funded from John O’Neill’s share of the royalties from his 2004 best selling book, "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry". Mr. O’Neill was entitled to receive nearly $1 million from his co-authorship of the book. He assigned all rights and control of the royalties to endow a foundation to honor Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, USN, Ret., for his leadership of Task Force 115 in Vietnam (Market Time/Sea Lords forces which included Swift boats); and for his founding and leadership of Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth.
The Foundation has awarded $3,169,432 in grants through June 2008; of that amount 402 awards totaling $3,117,432 have gone primarily to severely wounded warriors and their families. Grants generally range from $4,000 to $12,000 (for the most severely wounded). The average grant is more than $7,750.
This is a call to action. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who believe in supporting the mission -- and defeating America's enemies. It's time the fighters in this war tell their representatives -- face to face -- that now is no time to betray the mission.
My Niece's husband with Charlie Daniels at Bagram, Afghanistan
The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is awarded to all military personnel of all branches who served in-country Vietnam between 1 March 1961 and 28 March 1973 and to U.S. Army Vietnam and its subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965 to 28 March 1973, regardless of DD-214 notation. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre.
The Army of South Vietnam awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry to both individuals and units. When awarded to individuals, it was awarded with Silver Star (the equivalent to the US Army Silver Star) or with Bronze Star (equivalent to the US Bronze Star). Department of the Army General Order for the award is DA GO 43, 1970.
According to the Department of the Army General Order DA GO 8 1974, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm was awarded to Headquarters U. S. Military Assistance Command (MACV) and all its subordinate units during the period 8 FEB 1962 to 28 MAR 1973. All military personnel who were assigned to units serving in-country Vietnam during this period were considered assigned to MACV and its subordinate units, regardless of service or component.
|From Broomstick Mounts to Rocking Chairs
In retrospect, I must admit, I've lived a life unique;
sat on a Civil War vet's lap, and went to war most bleak.
In baseball I could pitch and catch and hit a long home run;
in football I could "take it home"; in golf made hole in one!
I've helped to put men on the moon, flown past the speed of sound;
I've even helped to engineer the best machines around.
I've watched the world around me change, some changes good, some bad;
been blessed with opportunities so very few have had.
I didn't do the best with each, I squandered most you'd say;
I always thought I'd have the chance to make it up some day.
But some day never seemed to come, or maybe it went by
while I was busy looking down instead of at the sky.
Now, those accomplishments are dust, I'm past my peak it seems;
I don't still have those visions of the future, just daydreams.
I don't regret the way I've lived, I do have one request:
When I'm too old to ride the wind, please face my rocker West.
Copyright 2012 by Bruce Obermeyer. All rights reserved.
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The last flight of the EC-47Q, tail number 43-15204, of the 361st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, heralds the end of an era as it prepares for landing at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, on May 15th, 1974. This was the final U.S. Air Force combat mission for the "Grand Old Lady of the Sky," the C-47, known in this configuration as "The Electric Goon." EC-47s flew long and often unsung electronic intelligence and ARDF missions with the 360th, 361st, and 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadrons and the 6994th Security Squadron from April 15th, 1966, to May 15th, 1974.
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