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Your right, these same protesters are now in leadership positions in government, we are in the process of eliminating their power!

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Reading the posts since last I posted struck a spark with me.

What those of us who were in uniform coming home from Vietnam were subjected to somehow reminds me of how Conservatives are being treated by Liberals.

They yell and scream and froth at the mouth. They tell lies so easily and efficiently - and for such a long time, that people who are unaware of their agenda (ostriches all) are falling for their propaganda.

The difference for me is that I turn around and see not three others, but millions of others who are trying to wrest control from socialists who have been determined to drop our great country down to a level our country hasn't seen since we became a nation.

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10/27/10 2:03 A

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Thank you from my heart Major Dad!

I will be glad to thank her for you. Just so you know, Emily is my grand daughter. love, Darlene



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Darlene, please thank your daughter for me for her service to our country.

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PC Bob, Old and broke, Popeye and Major Dad. I am proud of each one of you!!!

Our grand daughter Emily, is in the Navy and she's been out at sea for quite a long time. She signed up for six years and has two years left to serve. She may be able to get back to Illinois next summer.
She misses being home, as I'm sure you did too.
love, Darlene

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It was a privilege and an honor to serve...

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In April 1966 I finished my A and C school training at Mare Island, near Vallejo California. During training we would often drive across the Bay and visit San Francisco. This was during the flower children era. We pretty much stayed out of the Haight-Ashbury area. We always wore civilian clothes, of course. The Navy warned us about that.

Once I was onboard my ship, the USS Galveston CLG-3, we made a few short cruises, mostly up and down the coast. Finally, on the 4th of July we pulled into San Francisco Bay and tied up to a pier that was kind of out of the way. We were told that the city was recognizing the military and it's role in our freedoms, but that there were protesters around and we might be bothered. We held an open house and many city visitors came to see our ship. Also, many protesters came and stood on the pier, hurling insults and making as_es of themselves. That was our welcome and thank you for the 4th of July.

Four years later, after two Mediterranean cruises and one WestPac cruise to the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, and of course, Viet Nam, we decommissioned our ship and I was discharged in San Diego in May 1970. I left the ship in uniform, stopped at the 7 Seas locker room downtown and changed into my civilian clothes for the last time, and drove on up to Orange County. San Diego was not a very friendly place for Sailors and Marines, in uniform, too. I have always looked back with pride, though, on the time I spent in the US Navy as well as the 8 years I gave to the US Air Force before that. We performed our duties and we did it with pride. Just because a very small number of men performed disgracefully does not mean that the entire military wasn't the highest caliber. The communist's were doing everything they could back then to discourage America and make us back out. They succeeded. That was a very dark day for our nation, and I certainly hope the peaceniks were and are happy at the outcome.

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10/25/10 2:31 P

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I am so grateful to our vets and cannot understand how ANYONE could be ignorant enough not to realize how blessed we were / are that there are those that are willing to fight for OUR freedom and rights. How humbling it is to me that someone that I do not even know is willing to risk their life so that I can be free to live my life in the way that I choose.
I want to thank each of you for your service to our country and pray that you know how much you are appreciated, even if some are too ignorant or stubborn to realize how appreciative they should be!
God bless you and your families!!
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Thanks, Popeye -- welcome home to you, too...well done, brother!

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MajorDad - You came home one day later than I did after 13 months in I Corp. Those of us who stood and protected the border between then North and South Vietnam.

I flew out of DaNang. We made a brief, unscheduled stop in American Samoa and then we came to a full stop in Hawaii. The mechanical problem they checked but neglected to mention to us had reached the point where the aircraft had to be taken out of service.

It was about 9 AM Hawaii Time, and none of the bars had opened. We were finally able to talk one bar manager to open early, and a number of us simply sat in the bar, eating red peppers and boiled eggs, drinking and watching the civilians go by. We encountered no antagonism in Hawaii, but maybe that was due to the major contribution Americans made to their economy when they went on R&R to see their wives.

I had to keep my drinking dialed back because I was the ranking officer on the plane. What, didn't Majors and LTC's come home with a plane full of grunts? Aircraft Commander. Right.

Taking the northern route found us landing at SeaTac on the military side. Coming down the ramp carrying our duffel bags were were surprised by the HUGE number of MP's and AP's in the corridor, until we got close to the end of the off-loading corridor and saw a large group of protesters that were yelling a number of uninformed and imaginative things to us when they saw us approaching.

As the "Aircraft Commander" I quickly formed the plane of grunts up and we marched down past the hecklers. Marching troops with funny looks in their eyes caused the crowd to take a step or two back and to lower their tone.

We too were briefed that if we were going to the civilian side of the airport for further transport that we should change into civvies.

Myself and three other aircraft buddies weren't carrying civvies, we'd shipped those home after our last R&R. Keeping them in a stinking storage area at Battalion HQ only meant that you had to wash your stored civvies 10-15 times to get the jungle stench out of them.

We all were going to LAX. We were allowed to pick up our tickets at the military counter where we also were allowed to check in our duffels.

The four of us made up our minds that if a civilian got stupid, we would disabuse him of his stupidity - we never even thought that the stupid civilian would be an American girl.

I guess the looks on our faces were not very friendly, because no one said a thing until we got to the gate for our flight to LA.

All four of us were upgraded by the airline to First Class, and for some reason that caused a young American woman to become very offensive. She also flipped to that point beyond reason as she worked herself into a frenzy.

The four comrades-in-arms stood with our backs to the wall as she came closer and closer. Before she got close enough to spit, one of our group stepped out and convinced her that it wouldn't be in her best interests to attack a bunch of "baby killers and rapists". It had been a long time since we had seen an American woman. For some reason, she appeared to stop and think of her potential for being upbraided by the four "killers" in front of her.

The airline hostess/gate agent suggested that we make ourselves less conspicuous and that we would load after everyone else, instead of boarding first and possibly being subjected to abuse.

LIFO. Last in, first off.

People at LAX seemed to be confused seeing four guys in jungle fatigues carrying duffel bags. Maybe seeing a small group of us made some folks uneasy, but hey, we were all just going to the car rental areas to drive home.

No, I hadn't told my family a particular day I would be home. Sometimes things happened and flights got shuffled and guys got home two or more days later then they had expected. We had received letters from our friends that it would be best to not set them up for a disappointment - so for one, I didn't.

When I walked into my home, I hollered, "Hey Mom! What's for dinner?" I started a small demonstration of my own. One much happier and friendly than what I had experienced since touching down in SeaTac.

What surprised me was that my Mom had made my all time Favorite dinner - fried chicken, potatoes and gravy and green beans. The day before she had made a peach cobbler, and with the aid of some vanilla ice cream, I helped clean the baking dish.

It was almost a week before I could sleep in my bed - it was too soft. Instead, I made a pallet on the floor.

One other important thing happened when I arrived home. My Dad started talking to me man to man instead of father to son. I think he related it to my being able to understand the experiences he had from D+4 at Normandy through the end of WWII and his experiences during the Korean "Conflict". Maybe I had finally qualified to be in his "Band of Brothers".

MajorDad - Welcome home, brother. Welcome home.

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God Bless you Major Dad and Old and Broke! It's men like you that influenced my husband in his life and his decision to join the Army. I thank God that you both returned safely, and I am so sorry that there are actually people who would have treated any member of the Armed Forces with anything but the utmost respect. Hugs and Love

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I am so sorry you (and many others) had the experience you did. This is America....the land of the free and the home of the brave. You and those like you were very brave and it's because of all of you that America is still free.
God bless you and those others who served our great country. love, Darlene

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Thank you so much Major Dad for your sacrifice's for our country. I live in a pretty rural area and did not have the bad insults that most faced. Many will never recover but most of us will ALWAYS HONOR OUR VET'S.
Thank you so much and may God bless you and yours.

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The wall is a VERY moving experience. It is well worth a visit if you're in the DC area.

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In March, my husband and I were in D.C. we were able to see the Wall, plus the Korean War monument, as well as the WWII monument.

They were all impressive and left one with a sense of pride, honor and an empty feeling from all who did not return.

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August, 1970. Brooklyn Navy Yard. I was being processed out of the US Navy. If we were temporarily leaving base for sightseeing and such, we were advised to wear civvies and travel in a group if possible. I understand, however, that San Francisco was worse.

No, I've never been to The Wall, and don't intend to go.

Welcome Home, Major! Thank you for being there!

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Thank you for your service, Major Dad. My husband was in the Navy and tells a similar story. This year he finally bought a Vietnam Vet hat and wears it proudly.Many people stop him on the street and thank him for his service. Going to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor was a great healing place for him. Many thanked him there and welcomed him home.
We finally got to go to the Wall in DC, though I had seen a traveling wall. It was a moving experience for me.
Welcome home, Major Dad!

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All gave some, some gave all...

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Major Dad -

Welcome Back, Welcome Home.

And thank you for your service, Freedom isn't Free.

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emoticon for sharing. I lived in DC, but couldn't bear to go to the Vietnam Wall. My best friend lost her husband over there. He was a Navy Pilot. He crashed during an attempted landing on the aircraft. I didn't want to see his name on that wall. He left a wife and 3 children. It was very difficult for her. She got almost no support from the military. Fortunately, her parents were still alive then, and help support her and their grandchildren.



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Thank you for that lovely tribute, Majordad; and thank you for your service. So true, and so sad.

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Forty years ago today, I boarded a Boeing 707 jetliner at Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon for the trip back to the US after my tour of duty with the US Army in the Republic of Vietnam. I remember the cheers when the pilot informed us that we had left Vietnamese airspace. After a short refueling stop at Yakota AFB in Japan, we landed (same day, thanks to the International Date Line) at Travis AFB north of San Francisco. We disembarked and went into the terminal to pick up our luggage -- I remember the feelings of both pride in having had the honor and privilege to serve my country and the relief at having come back safely. The personnel in the baggage area as we processed out of the terminal told us that, unless we were going directly to San Francisco International airport to depart for home or our next duty station, we should be dressed in civilian clothes if we were planning to be on the city streets as there had been "incidents". I thought it then ironic (and now recall how sad it was) that I had been safer in the uniform of the United States Army on the streets of Saigon during a war that I might be on the streets of San Francisco.

God bless all of our veterans of my war and all those before an after and may no one ever have to warn them about their safety in the uniform of their country on their home soil

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