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Posted: 5/7/2003 4:11:11 AM EDT
They might see your red eyes. [url]http://images.military.com/NewContent?file=Letters_043003[/url]
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:16:37 AM EDT
damn, that's worth a lot.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 6:13:54 AM EDT
That was good. I didn't cry but I had that tightness in my chest...I'm not nor was I ever one of the HSLD types but I understand everything he said. [USA] Sadly the rest of the world(civilians/libs) will never know.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 6:46:41 AM EDT
Good words, I liked it.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 7:31:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 3:52:11 PM EDT
That was one of the best 'Duty, Honor, Country' pieces I've ever read. Long enough to tell a real story, but short enough to make the point without loosing anyone in the process. HOOAH!
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:46:32 PM EDT
it wasn't until the very end that I started to get wet around the eyes ...
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 7:17:55 AM EDT
Wow. Thanks for that. Alex
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 7:56:00 AM EDT
You won't find those lessons on liberal college campuses. Toward the end of my career I was concerned about whether the young people coming up would be able to handle the defense of our Republic. Looking at operations in Afghanistan and Iraq I had nothing to worry about.
Link Posted: 5/9/2003 9:37:32 PM EDT
The greatest lessons of a career well spoken and passed on.
Link Posted: 5/12/2003 10:13:33 PM EDT
I can only reply with one phrase---good juju!
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 12:03:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 12:31:02 PM EDT
wow just about says it all. Thanks for posting that. TXL
Link Posted: 5/21/2003 10:07:59 PM EDT
Not bad for an Or-off-his-sir. I’m glad he wasn’t a Leg. It also shows he knows how to count without using his fingers. Former Sergeant, and Paratrooper. [;)]
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 2:36:03 PM EDT
Thank you.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 11:34:24 AM EDT
Thanks for the warning. But you know, I had to read it anyway. Yup, I got red eyes.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 12:05:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 8:24:15 PM EDT
That gave me chills and tears.
Link Posted: 6/9/2003 8:30:01 PM EDT
related to this ... There's a guy in one of my squads. His name is Corporal Riley King. He served a 1 year tour in Vietnam with the 101st. Some of the stories he tells definitely bring tears to your eyes, some of them wrench your gut, and some of them piss you off to no end. This guy was on Hamburger Hill, and he's still alive and kicking it today, as a SAW gunner.
Link Posted: 6/18/2003 9:12:27 PM EDT
WHEN I GET HOME--LETTERS FROM BOBBY Michelle Renee Bier This story is for all of the families who have lost someone they love in Vietnam. Dear Dad, July 10th, 1959 Camp is fun!! We played baseball yesterday afternoon. My team won. Today we went hiking in the woods. My friend Ted found a snake and got bit, he had to go see the nurse. He's going home tomorrow. Camp is over in two weeks. I can't wait to come home and tell everyone about how much fun I had here. I want to tell you, mom, and Sarah all about it. Your Son, Bobby PS...I'll see you when I get home. ***************************************** Dad, June 28th, 1967 It's around 9pm right now. I am really tired. Boot Camp is harder than I thought it would be. But we are learning a lot. It's the early morning wake up calls that get to me. I think I made the right decision in going into the military. It rained all day. We were all covered in mud because we had to run and crawl through it so much. I miss the three of you! Gotta get some sleep now. Love, Bobby PS...I'll see you when I get home!! ******************************************** Dad, January 3rd, 1968 It's pure hell over here, Dad. Somedays I feel like I have no mind left inside my skull. I'm sorry that I missed Sarah's 16th birthday. The days seem to run together now. Hard for me to imagine my little sister being so old now. Tell her that I love her, ok? We went to a small village last week. I told you before how our platoon leader is a real SOB--it's hard for me to write and tell you this....he blew this vietnamese guy's face off while we watched. I can't take it. The only reason he had for doing it was because he couldn't understand what the guy was trying to say to him. I guess it pissed him off. I've been having nightmares about it. They set their little huts on fire with cigarette lighters. They call it Zippo parties. I have never been so scared in my life.Everyone's scared. You can see it in their eyes. It might be different if we knew these people we're killing...but you gotta get them before they get you. The worst time is when everything is quiet. This one guy named Sam just sits and stares off into nothing when it's quiet. He's been here longer than me. It's hard to get close to anyone here, Dad. One of my buddies stepped on a landmine and not much of him was left. What makes it even worse is I remember all of the times he showed me pictures of his wife and kid. Please pray for me. I want to come back home. That won't be for a while. Miss you all!!! Bobby PS....I'll see you when I get home! ******************************************** Dear Bobby, July 6th, 1998 I miss you so much, Son. Sorry I haven't written in so long. But every time I would start to--I would break down. It seemed that while the war was going on..time went by so slowly. Now, well..I guess things haven't changed that much. I am still waiting for you to walk in the front door. To hear your foot falls in the hall in the mornings. They closed down the old High School. They are talking about a mini-mall. We still have all of your letters. They're in a steel box in the attic. Your mother pulled them out last night again. She sat up a long time, reading every line of them. Sarah married in 1973. You would've liked her husband, Greg. They have four kids. She told them all about you, Bobby. She misses you everyday. I'm 72 years old now. But time stands still for you, Son. You'll always be 19 to me. I just wanted to remind you how much I love you. Every time I run my fingers across your name on this Wall--I swear that I can still feel you standing beside me. You finally made it home. Safe with God in Heaven. Rest well, Bobby. With all of my love, Dad PS...I'll see you when I get home.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 10:02:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By f16warbird: I just wanted to remind you how much I love you. Every time I run my fingers across your name on this Wall--I swear that I can still feel you standing beside me. You finally made it home. Safe with God in Heaven. Rest well, Bobby. With all of my love, Dad PS...I'll see you when I get home.
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[:(] And to think these brave men were spat upon when they returned...... [pissed]
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 10:38:10 AM EDT
I AM not a cry baby. damm it
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 7:58:45 PM EDT
Damn. Mexican War OPORD from 2nd Dragoons: "Follow your officers, and remember your regiment." "Ready and Forward"
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