1,004 short of 20,000 before 4th year Anniversary

Vietnam War helicopter pilot is awarded Medal of Honor

By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON — Bruce Crandall knows that many Medal of Honor recipients are recognized posthumously, often killed as a direct result of their heroic actions. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Murphy’s merit”

SEAL team leader’s sacrifice may earn Medal of Honor

Posted : February 26, 2007
Atop a rugged mountain outcrop, 9,000 feet up in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region, a four-man Navy SEAL team hunting a suspected terrorist leader found itself surrounded.

An overwhelming force of Taliban militia fighters swarmed the SEALs after their position had been compromised by a local villager.

During a harrowing, 45-minute firefight, the sailors battled for their lives and against the odds. Pinned down and unable to escape, they quickly ran low on ammo. But the four men were never short on bravery and heroism.

Slinging everything they had — for as long as they could — at their attackers, the SEALs fought to save themselves. More importantly, colleagues, friends and family members of the men say, they fought for one another.

http://www.navytimes.com/issues/stories/0-NAVYPAPER-2561196.php

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“As stop-loss order ends, GIs anticipate turnover “

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“A Failure to Communicate”

http://defenddemocracy.org/

And one last chance to win the war of ideas in Iraq. By Clifford D. May
In Iraq, we have been losing not clashes of arms but clashes of perceptions. Our enemies understood early on that they could not defeat American troops in combat. But they were clever enough to realize they didn’t need to. Instead, they could win a war of ideas.

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“The pain inflicted by your country’s indifference is tenfold that inflicted by your ruthless captors.

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Memorial Gathering For Thomas Wilwerth

Friday, February 23, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the plaque for Thomas on Montauk Hwy. Mastic (across from Ice Cream Cottage and Davin’s Funeral Home)

We gather together on this day, to remember Tom’s life and his sacrifice.

We gather here tonight as a community in memory of Thomas J. Wilwerth and to honor him for his ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to the United States of America. We would like to express our deepest compassion , respect, and support to Mr. and Mrs. Wilwerth and daughter Kerry and all of Tom’s family and friends. There is a member of this community missing for the past year but…He has been made part of a new community… it is called Heaven.

We come together tonight not only to mourn the loss of our fallen hero but also…to remember him in life and…to celebrate that life. All who knew TJ were blessed with his radiant, smile, a smile that was warm, loving, and genuine . And that memory will remain …never to be forgotten and always with pride.

Because of Tom’s service to his homeland and the continuing service of those who come behind him…We, as a nation…sleep peacefully each night, secure in the fact that men like Tom, are there for us each and every one…whether we are family or stranger. every minute they are needed. Tom did not question, he willingly defended, served, persevered and when the time came…He paid the price we prayed would NEVER befall him.

It is our turn now to be brave, be strong, and honor him for his courage and sacrifice. Shirley and the Mastics has a new hero for our children and grandchildren to emulate now… THANK YOU Thomas Wilwerth…may you rest in peace for all eternity…..

Russell Lee Klika-“Iraq, thru the eyes of an American Soldier”

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“Your actions remind us of how nice a home we have”

I wanted to write and thank you for the Operation: Love Our Troops box of goodies you sent my way. The other fellows and I enjoyed it very much. The days can be quite long out here (much like the movie Groundhog Day). It’s uplifting to get something nice from back home. We appreciate your support. We work in an operations cell coordinating the movement of Marines and cargo throughout central Iraq. It is an interesting and involving job that keeps us on our toes. We tend to act as arbitrators for the various groups we represent and work with. It’s a great team of diverse individuals. We work around the clock to make sure everything happens on time. Several of us are pilots who fly here when time permits. We live and work on Al Asad air base in central Iraq. The living conditions are good and right now the weather is great, much like spring in Arizona. I don’t think anyone here is worried about shoveling any snow.

Once again, thank you for your support. We are working hard to get the job done and keep each other safe until we can come home. Your actions remind us of how nice a home we have.

Capt Shane “Heed” P.
MAG-29 Operations

P.S. I’m the dashingly handsome one in the uniform with short hair.

(Picture in our Photos)

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“Vietnam Vets Rally to Protect Memorial”

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,126120,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl

WASHINGTON – Iraq war protesters are planning to converge on Washington next month and several organizations, including the POW-MIA group Rolling Thunder, are banding together to protect sacred ground for Vietnam War veterans.The rally March 17 against the war, organizers say, is to get under way in a grassy park near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as the wall. (To read the rest of the article-click on above link–read the discussion/sound off too)

Information about caravan/and Support the Troops Rally on 3/17/07:

http://www.moveamericaforward.org/

http://www.rollingthunder1.com/index.html

(Fox News Interview with Blue Star Mom)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00R3oylY9_M

Letter from Deborah K. Johns letter in comments

(Ride/ Share and support)

http://www.usvetdsp.com/eagle/viewtopic.php?t=224