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O/T Our great loss!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Shooting Jack, Jul 8, 2009.

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    Blackshear, Georgia
    Take the time to read. You will easily grasp what I think of Michael Jackson's death. To be sure I don't wish dying on anyone, however he was only a man and a screwed up one at that. Read about the others, Please. Jackie B.

    wake up america

    We've suffered a great loss.

    With no disrespect intended to the Jackson family, this sure reveals the shallowness of our value system in this country.

    This puts things into perspective:

    While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon. While many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.

    Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.

    These American military members died in Iraq this month:
    Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
    Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
    Specialist Charles D. Parrish
    Lance Corporal Robert D.Ulmer
    Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
    Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
    Captain Kafele H. Sims
    Specialist Chancellor A. Keesling

    And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
    Sergeant Ricky D. Jones
    Specialist Rodrigo A. Munguia Rivas
    Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey J. Garber
    1st Sergeant John D. Blair
    Sergeant Paul G. Smith
    Staff Sergeant Joshua Melton
    Sergeant 1st Class Kevin A. Dupont
    Specialist Jonathan C. O'Neill
    Chief Warrant Officer Ricky L. Richardson Jr.
    Specialist Eduardo S. Silva
    Lance Corporal Joshua R. Whittle
    Major Rocco M. Barnes
    Major Kevin M. Jenrette
    Staff Sergeant John C. Beale
    Specialist Jeffrey W. Jordan
    Specialist Jarrett P. Griemel
    Specialist Roberto A.. Hernandez I
    Sergeant Jasper K. Obakrairur
    Staff Sergeant Jeffrey A. Hall
    Private 1st Class Matthew D. Ogden
    Private 1st Class Matthew W. Wilson

    Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths truly impact our country and our lives.
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    Here's a town that ignored Michael Jackson:

    From the Appleton Wis. Post-Crescent:

    "PESHTIGO — More than a thousand people crammed into the Peshtigo Middle and High School gym Tuesday evening for the culmination of a daylong visitation that brought much of the community through the doors of the school from which Steven Drees graduated last year.

    Tears flowed from family and friends in attendance as Drees' casket was closed before the hourlong funeral service and draped with an American flag. U.S. Army Pfc. Drees died June 28 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries he suffered June 24 in Konar Province, Afghanistan. Insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Despite the sorrow, family and friends couldn't help but smile as speakers recalled the 19-year-old's fondness for making people laugh, something he continued to do on the day of his final mission when he placed blue bunny ears over his Army-issued helmet.

    Liz Peterson, 19, said her favorite part of the service was the mention of the bond Steven had with twin brother, Charlie.

    "I thought it was beautiful," said Peterson, who was friends with Drees. "He wanted to serve our country so bad. He went out fighting."

    Drees' high school basketball coach remembered him during the service as a devoted player who wasn't embarrassed to give his mom a hug before a game.

    "A special kid," the coach added.

    Drees joined the Army on July 25, 2008, and was deployed May 26, which was his 19th birthday. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

    A U.S. Army representative presented the family with Drees' medals — a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a medal for good conduct. He also posthumously earned a promotion. The funeral service was webcast to his unit in Afghanistan.

    A memorial fund for Drees has been set up at Peshtigo National Bank. A private family burial is scheduled today."

    I have no words to add here.

  3. 3200 shooter

    3200 shooter TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    amen and god bless
  4. Ljutic111

    Ljutic111 TS Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Our true heros in America . My heart goes out to them and their families . Too bad there will be many more !!!!
  5. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Near but not in chicago
    Our true heros and those that we should hold dear are buried all over this land. Why do people get their values so twisted?
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