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OT - Soon To Be Gone...A must read

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by halfmile, Jan 19, 2008.

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  1. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    JUst got this by email, and it hit me. Read it.

    HM
     
  2. Popgun

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    Halfmile
    Thank you for all the good posts on TS.
    I would like to meet you someday.

    Bob Smith Ohio
     
  3. Shotgunbutch

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    Thanks for the read.

    Arnie
     
  4. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I volunteer at our local VA home every weekend because I can, because I am a vet who may need to be there some day and because these people ( men and women) who live there are our heroes. It is a very humbling and yet rewarding experience. It makes me realize how lucky I am
     
  5. Shooting Jack

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    HM, I've read this before and it brings tears to my eyes every time. I'm a vet but I have always been treated respectfully and I have very few health problems so I have a lot and I mean a lot to be thankful for. There are a lot of vets and not all have been faced with supreme circumstances but they were all willing to give their all. While in the AF I ran the command center at Macdill AFB and got very close with a lot of Navy, Army and especially Marines and the recent thread about JARHEADS brought both a tear to my eye and a smile on my face. I never met a Marine that I would not gladly have at my side, just getting close to a lot of them changed my life. I partied with some recovery specialists and they were rough but were 100% Americans. There was never any doubt for what they stood for. Everyone of us needs adopt a vet. Jackie B.
     
  6. wireguy

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    I am currently helping a 90 year old Lakota Sioux WW II vet with some situations. He is the guy who ran the steam shovel that cleared the rock debris when they lengthened the runway on Tinian Island so Col. Paul Tibbets could land the B-29 Enola Gay with the weight of Little Boy aboard. He says they built a causway out into the ocean with the rubble which I assume was blasted or dozed from the cliff or whatever was at the end of the runway. He was supposed to be taken to become one of the Tuskeegee Airmen but when they discovered how good he was on that shovel they wouldn't let him go. The man he says, who taught him to run that shovel, could pluck the hat off your head without mussing your hair. He stood aside at the meeting between Tibbets and the other officers while they decided what to do about the runway, so that he could receive his orders instantly. He says when asked if he knew Paul Tibbets he replies "Yes I knew Tibbets, but he darn sure doesn't know me." He was recently shafted by the local Sears auto dept when they alledgedly replaced the brakes on both axles of his car. Yes he still drives and is sharp of mind. There was a noise when they finished that bothered him and the brakes didn't feel right to him so I had a trusted friend/auto mechanic look at it. The calipers on the rear were loose, the rotors on the front were the wrong ones, they fixed a flat tire but never showed him the alledged puncture, and never showed him the old parts. This Sears outlet was shut down a few years ago for the same kind of fraud so it looks like they are back at it. They took $700.00 of his money so I am filing a complaint with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair to see if I can get his money back. In California not showing the customer the replaced parts is one of the biggest no-no's in the business so hopefully I will be able to get BAR to force a full refund on the basis of incomplete work, incorrect parts, and likely fraud. We won't have these old WW II vets around much longer to do for so we should all take whatever opportunities that come our way to help them in their old age.
     
  7. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Without those fantastic people our life would have been not worth living.

    There is no way we can thank them enough. Life is hard for them now and stepping up for them is an admirable job.

    If you can read this, thank a teacher.

    If you can read it in English, thank a Vet. Bless 'em.

    HM
     
  8. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    another up for our Vet's
     
  9. Duck

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    wireguy,

    Next time you talk to your friend, ask him if he remembers working with any men from MN on that airstrip. Had three of from town that participated, all sad to say are gone now!.
     
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