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TwistedSister209
11-10-2010, 19:14
Thank you to our veterans and active military personnel. I know there are many on this forum who have served, or have/had family who served.

I woudn't be able to write this without the sacrifice of brave men and women who put aside their personal safety.
Freedom isn't to be taken for granted. I'm grateful.

I'm proud of my father's service in the Army--I don't have his picture loaded, and my husband's in the Air Force.
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scubastud
11-10-2010, 19:30
hear Hear! :smiley20:

I was in the navy... does that count?

Is it a law all Air Force guys need to grow a porn star mustache?

Oh, it looks good on him though!.. tell him that goofball on the scuba forum says thanks for his service.

PACKRMAN
11-10-2010, 19:42
Right on Sister


I saw the Kewlest thing this last weekend. Our family spent the weekend in Branson. The entire week was being dedicated to our Veterans. This is cool enough by itself, but, at one of the shows we went to we met a disabled Vet. We noticed him from his chair. He had lost his legs in Viet Nam and was at Tony Orlando's show a couple of years ago. Tony saw him on the front row and asked him what had happened. After the story Tony passed a hat and came up with enough money to buy a chair that literally stands up. When we saw this guy he was converting his chair from four wheels on the ground to two wheels upright. It has the same technology as the Segways(?) and will operate on two wheels. He can raise or lower the height of the chair to look anybody in the eye while he is talking to you and went thru the concession line upright. He was really putting on a show and gathering a crowd. I don't think I ever saw a bigger grin. I thought good for him, good for Tony and why can't we treat all of our Veterans the way they deserve!

Like I said, it was pretty cool and made an impression on me.

navyhmc
11-10-2010, 20:23
hear Hear! :smiley20:

I was in the navy... does that count?

Does it count? You damn betcha!!! To quote JFK:

"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: "I served in the United States Navy" "

To all who are serving or have served: Thank you for your sacrifice! It is, has been and will always be appreciated!

inventor
11-10-2010, 22:49
Hey! Remember, lots of places give free meals to our service folks! Veterans and active, on Nov. 11th! It's not the least we can do...but it's pretty damn close! Check online for chains and locals. And God Bless you all and thank you!

scubatrucker
11-11-2010, 08:19
That's great Packerman, I have a whole new respect for Tony Orlando after that story. That is what faith, hope and charity are all about. My dad spent a remarkable 25 years in the Air Force before retiring in the mid 1990's. He was a navigator on the FB 111 and the B 52 here at Barksdale AFB. He retired as a Lt. Col. He is a great man and I'm proud to call him my hero.

buddha0724
11-11-2010, 10:39
That's great Packerman, I have a whole new respect for Tony Orlando after that story. That is what faith, hope and charity are all about. My dad spent a remarkable 25 years in the Air Force before retiring in the mid 1990's. He was a navigator on the FB 111 and the B 52 here at Barksdale AFB. He retired as a Lt. Col. He is a great man and I'm proud to call him my hero.

I love hearing everyone tell there stories. Here is a bit about my family:

Maternal granfather - WWII veteran (German army though)
Paternal Grandfather - WWII veteran
Father - 12 years US Army Korean War era
Sister - Retired Air Force 25 years
Brother - 9 years US Army Disabled from OIF
Me - I was the light weight. I only did 5 years US Army

Thank you to my family and everyones for there sacrifices for the country. I am proud of you all!

scubastud
11-11-2010, 10:53
Sweet....
My mom's pop was a marine... the first two songs she learned on the piano was

The Marine Corps Hymn
and
Jesus loves me this I know.

Yes... in that order.. :smiley36:

My pop and uncle vinnie, the big one ww2.
My other grandad, US army
Me navy, cold war port of call long beach shipyards... bar fight beer bottle shrapnel but no purple heart.
My son, USMC Iraq, nassyra and other ongodly places. oh and Afghanistan.
A bunch more but I won't go on.. acause ya won't read em all (and it isn't scuba related).. heh

TJDiver
11-11-2010, 11:11
My thanks to our veterans as well. My father was a radar tech in the Air Force...ten years active duty...ten years in the reserves. He got to visit all the remote, freezing locations along the radar belt. He was an avid fly fisherman tho, so he really liked his stint in Alaska.

mgreen
11-11-2010, 11:30
hear Hear! :smiley20:

I was in the navy... does that count?

Is it a law all Air Force guys need to grow a porn star mustache?

Oh, it looks good on him though!.. tell him that goofball on the scuba forum says thanks for his service.

Its only required during major inspections. :)

divingmedic
11-11-2010, 14:45
That's great Packerman, I have a whole new respect for Tony Orlando after that story. That is what faith, hope and charity are all about. My dad spent a remarkable 25 years in the Air Force before retiring in the mid 1990's. He was a navigator on the FB 111 and the B 52 here at Barksdale AFB. He retired as a Lt. Col. He is a great man and I'm proud to call him my hero.
Ahhh the B-52. I did a "short" low level flight in once. 8 hours at 300ft agl. Brutal is all I can say. While I did serve 8 years USAF I was but a cold war warrior. I really salute the newer vets.

Zeagle Eagle
11-11-2010, 15:24
hear Hear! :smiley20:

I was in the navy... does that count?

Is it a law all Air Force guys need to grow a porn star mustache?

Oh, it looks good on him though!.. tell him that goofball on the scuba forum says thanks for his service.



Nope, Navy doesn't count only Air Force and Marine Corp
Yes, all us Air Force guys have really cool mustaches. It's a babe magnet.

All kidding aside, thanks for everyone who puts his life on the line for our country. I try and shake the hand of every soldier/sailor I see and personally thank him for what he is doing for my country and my family. I remember during Vietnam people spit on me and I vowed never to let that happen again.
In my neighborhood we line the streets with flags and have a ceremony for every returning vet. When I travel, my wife and I, like to buy dinner for a one or two striper (not stripper) whenever we can.

TwistedSister209
11-11-2010, 19:39
Nope, Navy doesn't count only Air Force and Marine Corp
Yes, all us Air Force guys have really cool mustaches. It's a babe magnet.

All kidding aside, thanks for everyone who puts his life on the line for our country. I try and shake the hand of every soldier/sailor I see and personally thank him for what he is doing for my country and my family. I remember during Vietnam people spit on me and I vowed never to let that happen again.
In my neighborhood we line the streets with flags and have a ceremony for every returning vet. When I travel, my wife and I, like to buy dinner for a one or two striper (not stripper) whenever we can.

Worked on me.
Didn't realize that it was a porn star moustache:smilie39:...I thought more Tom Selleck.

Sorry, ZE, about your reception back then.
Thank you for your kindness to those enlisted guys. :smiley31: