DSC Phillips C/2-503 honored during Super Bowl 1/2 time

“An extra special reason to watch the Super Bowl!! “ Lois, via Marine Mom Pat

Subject: Distinguished Service Cross Awardee – part of 1/2 time show

“Hey all! Please read below, we are proud to be spreading the word that one of our own 173rd Airborne family of Hero’s will be honored during the 1/2 time show this Sunday!!!!!

Stand proud and remember those who have sacrificed so we can be free and others can experience freedom in the future.”

Cheryl Blaskowski In Memory of SFC Matthew Blaskowski Battle Company 173rd – 2/503 Airborne

Please distribute as widely as possible the information that SSG Phillips from C/2-503 who was recently awarded the DSC will be recognized at the Super Bowl Half Time show for his actions of August 2007 at the Battle of the “Ranch House” in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

MEMRI Middle East Media Research Institute

In reading an article from Military Times:  “Afghan War could be quagmire for Obama”


in the comments there is a link to a very, very interesting interview of an Arab American psychiatrist named Wafa Sutan discussing/debating how the current conflicts/wars are from a “clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages, and another that belongs to the 21st century…a clash between freedom and oppression….civilizations do not clash, but compete….”  (This is dated 2/21/06.)


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Families of 9/11 Firefighters want a meeting with Barack Obama



Families of 9/11 firefighters want Barack Obama meeting

Urge President to reverse his decision to suspend the trial of five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Associated Press

8:41 PM EST, January 25, 2009


Three families of firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 want to meet with President Barack Obama to urge him to reverse his decision to suspend the trial of five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who admit roles in the terror attacks.

In a meeting with reporters at their attorney’s office on Sunday, the families deplored what they called “delays and confusion” in the former Bush administration’s effort to prosecute suspects in the 2001 attacks, which killed about 3,000 people, saying they want “a firm commitment” that the same process won’t continue under Obama.

“Seven and a half years is a very long time for 3,000 families to wait,” said Maureen Santora, whose son was among the 343 firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed after being struck by two hijacked jetliners.

Nearly 2,800 people were killed at the World Trade Center, another 184 when a third hijacked jetliner struck the Pentagon and 40 when a fourth plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. The totals don’t include the 19 hijackers.

Along with Santora and her husband, Al Santora, a retired deputy fire chief, the delegation included retired deputy chief Jim Riches and his wife, Rita Riches, whose son was killed on Sept. 11, and Sally Regenhard, whose son also perished at the trade center.

The families’ position was spelled out in a brief letter mailed Sunday to Obama, requesting a meeting “at your earliest convenience.” There was no immediate comment from the White House on Sunday.

Obama, in his first week in office, ordered the Guantanamo Bay prison closed within a year, CIA secret prisons shuttered and abusive interrogations ended.

The families’ attorney, Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, noted that Obama, along with announcing his intention to close the prison in eastern Cuba, declared a 120-day cooling-off period to study how to proceed with trials of those suspected of taking part in terrorist acts against the United States.

Siegel said the administration of former President George W. Bush had “screwed up every possible option” for swift and effective prosecution of the Sept. 11 terrorists in part by creating a Military Commission to try the suspects that subsequently was ruled unconstitutional in some respects by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The options bypassed by the Bush White House, Siegel said, included defining the suspects as prisoners of war, which would make them subject to the Geneva treaties; submitting the cases to an international court of justice; and trying them in New York federal court, which has extensive experience with previous terrorism cases including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

“So now Obama’s people, who I have confidence in, should look at this stuff, make some hard decisions and move judiciously,” he said. “These people (the victims’ families) should be involved in this. It’s a good test of the Obama rhetoric of listening to the people.” From a legal standpoint, the families — some 50 in all, according to those present on Sunday — have “standing and moral credibility” to be part of the proceedings, Siegel said.

“These 9/11 families can’t understand why it has taken so long in cases where ample evidence exists,” he said. He added that “the $64 million question” was why the five detainees who have openly acknowledged their part in terrorist acts in court were not simply ruled guilty and sentenced.

In the statement outlining their concerns and in separate comments, the family members told of sitting through the trial in Guantanamo and another trial in which so-called “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted, appalled by the defendants’ boasts of having taken part in the attacks.

“They showed absolute disdain for the system,” Al Santora said.

Jim Riches told of “seeing these murderers stand up in court, disrupt the court and say they were proud of what they did.” “I wanted to go through the glass and grab these guys,” he said.

Riches also quoted prosecutors at Guantanamo as saying they had “mountains of evidence” collected by methods that were untainted by allegations of torture or other factors and thus would not be an obstacle to further prosecutions.

Siegel said American law “does not allow people to sit in jail indefinitely,” and he did not understand “why, if they have independent evidence, they didn’t use it.” In their statement, which accompanied the letter to Obama, the families stressed that their interest was in legal proceedings, before the Military Commission or in federal courts, that were “forthcoming, open and fair.” “Our hope is that a change of policy on the Guantanamo detainees can bring about the eventual prosecution and conviction of those responsible for the horrific and despicable acts of terrorism endured by innocent victims,” it said.

“Cemetery Watchmen”

I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey’s.  Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655.  Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day.  Full dress was hot in the August sun.   Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever–the heat and humidity at the same level–both too high.

I saw the car pull into the drive, ’69 or ’70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new.  It pulled into the parking lot at a snail’s pace.  An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers–about four or five bunches as best I could tell.

I couldn’t help myself.  The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste:  ‘She’s going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I’m ready to get out of here right now!’  But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in.

Kevin would lock the ‘In’ gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to Smokey’s in time.

I broke post attention.  My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch.  I must have made a real military sight:  middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began the watch at the cemetery.

I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk.  She looked up at me with an old woman’s squint.

Ma’am,may I assist you in any way?

She took long enough to answer.

Yes, son.  Can you carry these flowers?  I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.

My pleasure, ma’am.‘  Well, it wasn’t too much of a lie.

She looked again.  ‘Marine, where were you stationed?

Vietnam, ma’am.  Ground-pounder. ’69 to ’71.

She looked at me closer.  ‘Wounded in action, I see.  Well done, Marine.  I’ll be as quick as I can.

I lied a little bigger:  ‘No hurry, ma’am.

She smiled and winked at me.  ‘Son, I’m 85-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let’s get this done.  Might be the last time I can do this.  My name’s Joanne Wieserman, and I’ve a few Marines I’d like to see one more time.

Yes, ma ‘am.  At your service.

She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone.  She picked one of the flowers out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone.  She murmured something I couldn’t quite make out. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918.

She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone.  I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek.  She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943.

She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944.

She paused for a second.  ‘Two more, son, and we’ll be done

I almost didn’t say anything, but, ‘Yes, ma’am.  Take your time.

She looked confused. ‘Where’s the Vietnam section, son?  I seem to have lost my way.

I pointed with my chin.  ‘That way, ma’am.

‘Oh!’ she chuckled quietly.  ‘Son, me and old age ain’t too friendly.

She headed down the walk I’d pointed at.  She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted.  She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968, and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970.  She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn’t make out.

OK, son, I’m finished.  Get me back to my car and you can go home.

Yes, ma’am.  If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?

She paused. ‘Yes, Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons.  All killed in action, all marines.

She stopped.  Whether she had finished, or couldn’t finish, I don’t know.  She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully.

I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car.

Get to the ‘Out’ gate quick.  I have something I’ve got to do.

Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him.  He broke the rules to get us there down the service road.  We beat her.  She hadn’t made it around the rotunda yet.

Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost.  Follow my lead.‘  I humped it across the drive to the other post.

When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny’s voice:  ‘TehenHut!  Present Haaaarms!

I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye–full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud.
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice.

I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.

Instead of ‘The End,’ just think of ‘Taps.

As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer: ‘Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas.  Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.

Let’s all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy.

In God We Trust.’

Sorry about your monitor; it made mine blurry too!

If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under!

You are required to pass this on NOW!!!

SEMPER FI, BRAVO ZULU  (from my friend, Marine Mom Pat)

Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor

PO2 (EOD2) (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq,
giving his life to save his fellow Seals.
(Notice: Mike was not a Navy SEAL, he was EOD.

He gave his life to save a group of Navy SEALS.)

During Mike Monsoor’s funeral in San Diego ,
as his coffin was being moved from the hearse
to the grave site at
Ft. Rosecrans National
Cemetery , SEAL’s were lined up on both sides
of the pallbearers route forming a column of two’s,
with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike’s
coff in passed, each SEAL, having removed his
gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down
embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin arrived grave side,
it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it.

This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

This should be front-page news instead of the crap we see every day.
Since the media won’t make this news,

I choose to make it news by forwarding it .

I am very proud of our military. If you are proud too, please pass this on.  If not then rest assured that these fine men and women of our military will continue to serve and protect.

God Bless our Troops

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“On the road in Iraq”– BZ and thanks too: Lt. Dan and the Band

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial(via Pat, Proud Marine Mom of Paul  Semper Fi)

Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 3:52 PM
Subject: On the Road in Iraq With our Troops and Gary Sinise

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted you all to know that tonight on FOX News at 9 p.m. ET, there will be a
1 hour special with Gary Sinise.  Gary and I email back and forth and he truly cares
for our troops who serve our country.

This past July while my son was stationed in Iraq Gary visited the camp he was at.
Although Jer didn’t get to meet him, he was working.  Gary Sinise had a good friend
of his following him and tape his encounters with our troops.  He asked FOX to broadcast this to get
the word out to all Americans about what a wonderful job our men and women who
serve the US are doing and the good they are doing.  So many times all you see in the
news is the bad, well Gary is making sure the good is shown.

I have no idea what channel this will be on in your area of the country, but just look up
FOX News and if you are in the East it’s at 9 p.m.

Gary is so devoted to our sons and daughters.  He is a true American in every sense.
And yes, we really do email each other.  He cares about what my son is doing and
how our family is coping.  He thinks nothing of jumping on a plane after working all
week and going to a base to play with his Lt. Dan Band for our guys and girls.  It’s
call the Lt. Dan Band after his character in the movie “Forest Gump”.

I hope this finds you all well, and remember to watch this very special, special!

VVPMM of LCpl. Jeremy
1st Battalion 9th Marines – Alpha Co. “The Walking Dead”
12/1/06 PI Graduate

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin