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The average age of the military man is 19 years.
He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,
under normal circumstances is considered by
society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind
the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old
enough to die for his country. He never really
cared much for work and he would rather wax
his own car than wash his father's, but he has
never collected unemployment either.


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He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport
activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a
steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when
he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he
was at home because he is working or fighting
from before dawn to well after dusk. He has
trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and
reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite
to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop,
or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,
but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never
to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend
his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you
are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition
with you in the midst of battle when you run low..

He has learned to use his hands like weapons
and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.


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He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..



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He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.


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He has asked nothing in return, except
our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.


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As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
loved ones in their helmets.

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Prayer Wheel

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistan and all foreign countries.



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Posted for Tom Birdwell and in honor of all our families with sons and daughters risking their lives so we may have our freedom.

That includes you mhornets1 and Doc too.

God Bless our Troops!

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What wonderful posts John... Thank you for the reminder and a BIG thank you to all the men and women and their families who are serving this great country.

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Thank you for this, John.
I can't put the words together to explain the daily thoughts and emotions that go along with any of this - so I'll just say "Thank you."
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Great post John! Brings a tear to my eye. God bless our military men and women.


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Thanks John. I just could not get the text and the pictures to post together in the way they were meant to be. You did it perfect. Thanks. Having sent my wife twice, and with son Mark subject to get orders whenever they come... it is never far from my mind. To SGM Foster, my mentor killed by an IED in 76, and Chris O'Reilly, my best friend and teammate, killed by an IED on my duty day (we traded duty days on the rare times one of us could actually get a date, or the much more frequent times that we both lied and said we had a date. :)

May you both rest in peace. You are remembered and on the wall, forever.
http://www.eodmemorial.org/memorial.html

Tom Birdwell

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Thank You John...

We finally got Paul deployment date Jan 23rd.
All we can do is have faith that Paul and Pat will be safe. They are smart young men. Both have been raised well. Monroe should be proud to have them represent the Monroe community.

Doc...hang in there buddy. Let us know when you hear from Pat and how he is.

IF YOU CAN'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS THEN GO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM....
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I am so glad to see such a positive response to this thread. War is hell and we send our sons and daughters right into its face so we may have our freedom. Defending our country is the most important thing we can do to maintain our independence from those who want to take it away. God bless our military, may they kick but to keep us safe always. And one more thing, Thank You.

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