I have grown weary of all the hoopla over what folks now days call a" HERO " ! As a Vietnam Vet of Combat it seems the word is thrown around all to readily. With this in mind to me a "HERO" is one who selflessly puts their own life on the line to further or advance the quality of others life !
With this in mind here is my rant if you will which I posted on FACEBOOK. Do others feel as I and my wife do ?
DEAR AMERICAN SOLDIERS , YES WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR VETERANS AND PRESENT SOLDIERS START NOW INVADING WHITE HOUSE , CAPITOL HILL , PENTAGON AND HOME LAND SECURITY AND SAME TIME ABOUT 110,000,000 VOLUNTEER AMERICANS PLUS 100,000,000 WEAPONS AND BOMBS WILLING TO JOIN WITH USA SOLDIERS .
IT IS TIME TO START PLANNING TO INVADE THERE IN D.C. AND OTHERS LIKE UNITED NATIONS AND DESTROYING ABOUT 600-800 FEMA CAMPS IN USA ! .
COME SOLDIERS WE ARE WAITING ON YOU TO LEADING US SOONER THE BEST ! .
FORGET TO ADD THIS ONE ;
WE HAVE ASKED GENERALS AND ADMIRALS TO HELP US AND START INVADING AT D.C. .
SO FAR NO ONE OFFERING TO HELP AMERICANS .THEY JUST IGNORED AMERICANS !
SO WE THINK WHEN WE WILL INCLUDING VETERANS AND PRESENT SOLDIERS AND WE WILL GO AHEAD ON OUR OWN WAY AND STARTING MOVING TO D.C. AND ELSE WHERE TOO .
GENERALS AND ADMIRALS ARE FEARING OF OBAMA AND THUGS ! . YES THEY ARE FEARING OF THEM ! . THEY ARE NOT OUR TRUE BLOOD BROTHERS BUT COWARDLY ! .
Obama has as many troops out of the country as he can so that they will not be here when WE THE PEOPLE go to take this country back. The Muslim, Kenyan knows they will defend the Constitution
You and your wife have it right and god bless you both and as for nyny i would not lose sleep if i naver had to hear about them again. and are vet like you i thank you all
First, you need to remember that New York is basically made up of folks who live in "never-nerver-land". They do not recognize the destruction being done by our government, at all levels. They do not want to be bothered by harsh reality, such as death, injury, or the loss of limb. NYC not only tolerates the OWS gangs, they support them in giving them preferential treatment, what other group can slander others, publicly urinate, and even rape without any consequences? No respect for property, let alone people, so do you think they would honor someone who actually cares about the well being of others or of the country? Does the President of the United States condemn OWS or support them? Just the opposite of how he feels about the military.
We have started down the slope, and as we get closer to the end, it becomes slippery with more blood and BS. Then end is coming fast.
We are close in age, just for grins go out and ask anyone under 20 anything about the constitution, oops, the president might not like that, OK then ask them who the president was when they were born. No, that might be to hard, ask them what they want to be when they grow up, never mind, they never want to grow up. Ask a simple question, what does respect mean! Now if that doesn't make you cry, then you have to prepare for even harder times.
We need to bring back the founding father's principles and morals, we need the Almighty back in our country.
Just my thoughts!
Dang; could we start at Starbucks....take a lap top and see if anyone would care to listen to some cumulative Rhetoric starting out with the question has man changed since Alley oop, Caesar or Ghenghis Khan. Then the question Do they know what USEFUL IDIOTS means. Then ask Do they understand that Cass Sunstein, Ezeikel Emmanuel and Maybe Katleen Sebelius, (WHO PROBABLY want a P.H.D. in "Benevolent Eugenics- http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=...), look at the population like a crop; some to be culled and some to be used . We might ask if they know that there is a difference between a TYRANT ans a MARTYR and that their is a continuum between those extremes. Also rap free sex and other fun will cease when they NO Longer Serve the would be Usurpers. I have made tons of informational C.D.s and DVDs and passed them out down here in Texas at Random; but as I looked at our just about All Gray Panther Tea Party get together last night, the obvious symptom of DISPARATE DEMOGRAPHICS Stood Out like a Sore Thumb. So now I will give the Starbucks a try, just to see.and Break it to the kids that they have the same disease as we do - AGING.
Here's a couple of hero's...not those overpaid sports jerks.
I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like, "Yes Sergeant," with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, "No kidding ‘sweetheart’, we know what we're doing." They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq .
A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way - perhaps 60-70 yards in length, and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck's engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn't have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.
When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event - just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I'd have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.
I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, "We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing." The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, "They'd run like any normal man would to save his life." "What he didn't know until then," he said, "And what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal." Choking past the emotion he said, "Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did." "No sane man." "They saved us all."
What we didn't know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.
You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before, "Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass." The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.
It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were - some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.
For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines' weapons firing non-stop the truck's windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the ( I deleted) who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers - American and Iraqi-bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground.
If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.
The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight - for you.
We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth - freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious - our soldiers, sailors, airmen, U S Customs and Border Patrol, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines - to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away.
It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the "land of the free and home of the brave" so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm.
Very inspiring story, and a very good example of heroism. Thanks for sharing that Ken.
I have read this before but never miss chance to read it again. THESE GUYS ARE HEROES!! SEMPER FI
It angers me, that since WWII this country, most states cities and towns, don't HONOR, our Service Men and Women!! These people put their lives on the line for ALL OF US!! Some never come home, some come home in a casket, some come home with missing body parts, and some come home with wounds people can't see!!
I've seen on the news when a service person comes home in a casket, (usually to a small hometown) the town will come out to meet and HONOR them, but thousands have come home that not a word is spoken of or to them!! Some have even had people insult and assault them just because they wear or have worn a uniform.
We have a person in the whitehouse that doesn't honor them. He only is seen with our military when he wants a "photo shoot" but he doesn't "Thank" them for their service nor shake their hands (unless he's smirking into a camera).
I THANK ALL OF YOU WHO SERVE IN THE US MILITARY PAST AND PRESENT!! WELCOME HOME AND KNOW IF I WERE WITH YOU I'D SHAKE YOUR HAND AND THANK YOU IN PERSON
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY!!!
God Bless! You've just Perfectly defined the term "Heroes"! May God watch over their families, and this land they love and died serving.
I am also a Vietnam Combat Vet and to me the heros are the ones who came home without limbs, or minds or in aluminum boxes. I know I sure as hell ain't no hero.
George, I have my doubts as to the validity of your claim of not being a hero. Mostly, I have found that the hero is the one who stands up and does everything expected and then some but will always say to everyone " I just did my job" or "You would have done the same". Attitude after the fact is very telling. In my opinion most who endured Vietnam should be classified as a hero simply for being in that mess. I myself am to young to have gone but have known many who did and thank all of them for their service. It was the politicians who screwed the pooch on VN, not our heroic soldiers.