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I have been talking to Adam into adding a section called "While We Wait" or "History of War" where we can talk about topics like the Civil War, Vietnam and Iraq wars etc....

 

I was thinking that we could post about some of the people, events and standout warriors that fought for our Country.

 

WOULD LOVE for you to post pictures and tell us about YOUR family history of fighting for this Country so we can all pay respect to them also!!

 

What do you all think of this idea???

 

This is my father!!

 

 

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I have been talking to Adam into adding a section called "While We Wait" or "History of War" where we can talk about topics like the Civil War, Vietnam and Iraq wars etc....   I was thinking that we

Clifford Chester Sims, a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam, and Medal of Honor recipient. Sims was honored for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the cal

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Honoring Robert Lewis Howard who was a highly decorated United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010.

 

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Doug Van Phuoc photo from Vietnam war - helicopters 

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Clifford Chester Sims, a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam, and Medal of Honor recipient. Sims was honored for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He threw himself on a triggered booby-trap device, taking the entire blast to save his squad.

 

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On this day, March 2, 1965, the aerial bombardment campaign entitled "Operation Rolling Thunder" commenced in Vietnam. It was a US strategic failure and lasted until November 1, 1968. Roughly 864,000 tons of American bombs were dropped on North Vietnam during Rolling Thunder; around 72,000 Vietnamese civilians were killed in the 44-month campaign.

 

 

 

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Sgt. Zachary Stinson, USMC, uses his arms to stand for the playing of the National Anthem.

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U.S.S. Iowa

 

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Dak To, South Vietnam, an infantry patrol moves up to assault the last Viet Cong position after an attempted overrun of the artillery position by the Viet Cong during Operation Hawthorne, circa late 1960s

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Ooh Rah!!!...These bikers are former Marines. They are hydrating & putting a cold compress on the neck of a proud Marine as he stood in his dress blues in 105* weather, holding his salute for the entire Rolling Thunder event in Washington D.C.

 

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The oldest and youngest Medal of Honor recipients together

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US soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division in England prior to the Normandy Invasion - June 1944

 

 

 

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US Army Captain Robert Bacon leading a patrol during the early years of the Vietnam War, by Larry Burrows 1964

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Today we honor Eugene Naylor of Lancaster, Kentucky, who fell on this day in 1967. He is remembered here by his fiance:

"Gene was a member of a Recon Platoon, 1st Bn., 35th Inf., 4th Infantry Div. , operating near LZ Mary Lou in the Quang Tin Province. He was awarded a Silver Star for his actions on the day he died while trying to save his buddy, Roger Romine.. Roger was the point man and was wounded while crossing a rice paddy. Gene left his covered position and had reached Roger and was pulling him back when he too was wounded.He died when his position was overrun, but his steady and accurate fire enabled his platoon to withdraw to better positions. I am enclosing a copy of the Silver Star Citation to verify my story..I have never felt like he received the honor he was due and I thank you for this opportunity.. He was very special and I will never forget him. No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for a friend." 

Read more about Eugene and see the copy of the Silver Star Citation in his photos here: http://bit.ly/1c9GVEt

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Left at the Wall: A photograph of a North Vietnamese soldier and a young girl, presumably his daughter, left by a then young American serviceman in Vietnam. Attached is a note left by the young man who kept the photo all these years:

"Dear sir, 

"For twenty-two years I have carried your picture in my wallet. I was only eighteen years old that day we faced one another on that trail in Chu Lai, Vietnam. Why you didn't take my life I'll never know. You stared at me so long, armed with your AK-47, and yet you did not fire. Forgive me for taking your life, I was reacting just the way I was trained, to kill V.C.... 

"So many times over the years I have stared at your picture and your daughter, I suspect. Each time my heart and guts would burn with the pain of guilt. I have two daughters myself now... 

"I perceive you as a brave soldier defending his homeland. Above all else, I can now respect the importance that life held for you. I suppose that is why I am here today... It is time for me to continue the life process and release my pain and guilt. 

"Forgive me, Sir."

Objects like this that have been left at The Wall over its 30-year history will be on display in the Education Center at The Wall. Learn how you can help us build it at http://www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org/

 — with Jenny Johnson.

 

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Emotional Return To Vietnam

A veteran goes back to Vietnam to meet the family of a man he killed over 30 years earlier. MSNBC broadcast.

 

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Thank you for this thread. I am fascinated by these pictures and stories.  It is heartwarming to read them, to say the least.  I appreciate all our soldiers who serve and often die in the service of our country. 

Thank you for the kind words! I was beginning to think this thread wasn't being liked but thanks to you I will keep it going!!   :tiphat:

 

I too appreciate all of our soldiers both past and present for the love and sacrifice they gave and give to us and this Country!!  :salute:

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Corporal Sarah Bryant was the first female soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. Thank you, Corporal, for your supreme sacrifice!

 

 

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Tunnel rat. 25 June 1966 Phuoc Tuy province, South Vietnam photographer, William Cunneen Reproduced courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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Oct 30, 1970: Fighting in the five northern-most provinces comes to a virtual halt as the worst monsoon rains in six years strikes the region. The resultant floods killed 293 people and left more than 200,000 homeless.

Photo is of Operation Popeye, a US military cloud seeding operation (running from March 1967 - July 1972) used to extend the monsoon season over Laos, specifically areas of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

 

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Left at the Wall: One photograph showing the rifle-and-helmet symbols of death in battle. It marks a fallen comrade ceremony for the Marines of C company. On the back of the photo, two of the fallen are named. The third is simply called "New Guy," killed before his comrades knew his name.

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America owes a debt of remembrance to all the thousands of men and women who served to protect the country against their determined enemies of any war. In spite of the danger and their own traumas — psychological and physical — they fought on. To remember their sacrifices is to honor them.

 

 

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Hero in our midst: Vietnam War veteran - Hal Moore - lives in Auburn

 

LT. COL. HAL MOORE AFTER THE BATTLE OF LA DRANG Just before we left, we stood looking at each other … and the tears were coming down our cheeks. I told Joe, “I want you to go back to Saigon and tell the American people what great Soldiers these are. Tell them what a great job they did and what a great Army we have

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On this day in 2004, Cpl. Jason Dunham gave his life shielding nearby Marines from a grenade. He became the first Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War for his heroic action. Semper Fidelis, Marine.

 

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He's a 'badass': Wounded soldier flashes 'salute seen around the world'

Cpl. Josh Hargis

 

A salute by an Army Ranger — hospitalized with serious wounds after a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan — is warming hearts after being posted online, moving his wife to declare him a "badass" and "the epitome of what a man and an American and a soldier is."

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Today we honor Kenneth Raymond of Hemet, California, who fell on this day in 1969. He is remembered by his wife:

"Your daughters and I miss you so much. Your daughter Mary Kay was born 4 and a half months after you were killed. I hope you showed heaven to my mom and dad and brother Gary when they got up there! And from 2 of your fellow soldiers that were there they told me how you handled it [the war] no buildings were hurt and no people hurt. I love you!" 

 

 

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Today we honor Dennis Lane Bollinger, who fell on this day in 1993. He is remembered by his sister, Sue:

"He was a CPL in the USMC. While he wasn't killed in the Vietnam War, he was wounded 31 March 1968. He was almost killed and never got to finish out his tour of duty. He received a Purple heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal w/2*, Viet Nam Campaign Medal w/60 - and Rifle Expert Badge. He had to take a 100% disability and he lived until 1993. I still miss him so much every day, we were so close."

Dennis served from 1967 until 1969, and was in the 1st Marine Division 3rd 8" Howitzer Btry, Fld Arty Btry Man. When he was wounded he was in or near Loc Thua Thien and Phu Bai, Vietnam. His place of entry was St. Louis, MO, and he trained at San Diego, CA. When he left the Marines, Dennis was a SGT. The family of Dennis Bollinger is currently searching for contact with any of Dennis' fellow Marines.

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http://www.virtualwall.org/index.html

 

In case anyone missed this:

 

 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

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Today we honor Byron Bushay of Fullerton, California, who fell in 1966. He is remembered by his younger brother, Paul: 

"He was the best big brother! I was 13 when he was killed. He gained some very positive notoriety for starting "Operation Green Thumb" which became a county wide drive for seeds, and other basic necessities for farming and everyday living in country. Although he left us almost 50 years ago, I think of him daily."

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