Veterans Day - Page 4




 
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November 11th, 2014  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
[ame="www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omd9_FJnerY"]"Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams - YouTube[/ame]
November 11th, 2014  
JOC
 
 
I still say France would have been a German colony without the 3 million plus Americans “800 thousand combat veterans” and several million Common Wealth Troops who freed her. Many of the gravesyards in the Williams video testify to this. The US lost ~ 70 Thousand killed freeing France in WW2 "not including airmen", the Common Wealth Losses were even higher.
November 11th, 2014  
brinktk
 
 
10 years ago today I was sitting inside of a building of rubble getting ready to assault yet another house. I was thinking to myself "happy freakin veterans day"....It lacked context at the time. I had at that point been in straight up sustained, no holds barred, (like bayonets on rifles) combat since the decision was made to assault the city of Fallujah on the 8th or 9th of November...we didn't know we would be in another 4 weeks of daily fighting at the time. We didn't know if we were going to survive to the next day, or even the next hour. Being a veteran at that time didn't mean a whole lot and even if people tried to express to me gratitude, how on earth could I receive it in a way that could pay tribute to all the guys we would lose in those weeks? How could anyone ever understand anything that was happening to us? I was too busy trying to survive and killing...yes...lots of killing.

That was 10 years ago.

Now I can look back at the men we were. I can look back at the men I served with. How we could always laugh even when things got really bad. How they were able to do things that I didn't think were possible...I saw valor and sacrifice that I didn't know humans could muster...I saw the terrible price of war and the devastation that it brings...I also saw the enduring human spirit and how it can transcend any setback or tragedy.

I was attached to the 3rd Bn 1st Marines for this operation on Veterans Day 10 years ago...Semper Fi devil dogs, this soldier will stand his ground next to you guys any day.
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November 11th, 2014  
dadsgirl
 
 
Thank you for your service. God bless.
November 11th, 2014  
crazytanker
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brinktk
10 years ago today I was sitting inside of a building of rubble getting ready to assault yet another house. I was thinking to myself "happy freakin veterans day"....It lacked context at the time. I had at that point been in straight up sustained, no holds barred, (like bayonets on rifles) combat since the decision was made to assault the city of Fallujah on the 8th or 9th of November...we didn't know we would be in another 4 weeks of daily fighting at the time. We didn't know if we were going to survive to the next day, or even the next hour. Being a veteran at that time didn't mean a whole lot and even if people tried to express to me gratitude, how on earth could I receive it in a way that could pay tribute to all the guys we would lose in those weeks? How could anyone ever understand anything that was happening to us? I was too busy trying to survive and killing...yes...lots of killing.

That was 10 years ago.

Now I can look back at the men we were. I can look back at the men I served with. How we could always laugh even when things got really bad. How they were able to do things that I didn't think were possible...I saw valor and sacrifice that I didn't know humans could muster...I saw the terrible price of war and the devastation that it brings...I also saw the enduring human spirit and how it can transcend any setback or tragedy.

I was attached to the 3rd Bn 1st Marines for this operation on Veterans Day 10 years ago...Semper Fi devil dogs, this soldier will stand his ground next to you guys any day.
It is a small World, indeed. While you were there, I was roughly 120km North of you, in Samarra. After the attack on Samarra, we camped there to rebuild damaged infrastructure, some of which we needed to advance.
November 11th, 2014  
dadsgirl
 
 
I can say that Dad didn't hear "thank you", " welcome home " until I said the words to him, about a year before he was diagnosed.
His reply stumbled out... " Thank you ".
I was like " no Da, thank YOU . I love you."

( I was like wow)
November 11th, 2014  
JOC
 
 
My heartfelt Thanks go out to both you guys!!! It's so easy to look at our glorious victories over the evil Nazi and Japanese empires and overlook the more recent but no less difficult contributions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. You men make it very apparent that it not the body count (400 or 500) hundred thousand for WW2 vs. ~ 4.5 thousand in Iraq but the sacrifices made by the individual men that fought and served there.
November 11th, 2014  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
You have my respect guys. I have said it before to war vets, write down your experiences. Many years from now when your children and grandchildren want to know what you did when you were in the service. Don't do it only for them, tell them and others about the men you were there with.




[ame="www.youtube.com/watch?v=X10lvD1Fs3Q"]We Will Remember Them - YouTube[/ame]
November 12th, 2014  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brinktk
10 years ago today I was sitting inside of a building of rubble getting ready to assault yet another house. I was thinking to myself "happy freakin veterans day"....It lacked context at the time. I had at that point been in straight up sustained, no holds barred, (like bayonets on rifles) combat since the decision was made to assault the city of Fallujah on the 8th or 9th of November...we didn't know we would be in another 4 weeks of daily fighting at the time. We didn't know if we were going to survive to the next day, or even the next hour. Being a veteran at that time didn't mean a whole lot and even if people tried to express to me gratitude, how on earth could I receive it in a way that could pay tribute to all the guys we would lose in those weeks? How could anyone ever understand anything that was happening to us? I was too busy trying to survive and killing...yes...lots of killing.

That was 10 years ago.

Now I can look back at the men we were. I can look back at the men I served with. How we could always laugh even when things got really bad. How they were able to do things that I didn't think were possible...I saw valor and sacrifice that I didn't know humans could muster...I saw the terrible price of war and the devastation that it brings...I also saw the enduring human spirit and how it can transcend any setback or tragedy.

I was attached to the 3rd Bn 1st Marines for this operation on Veterans Day 10 years ago...Semper Fi devil dogs, this soldier will stand his ground next to you guys any day.
Utmost respect brinktk
November 12th, 2014  
crazytanker
 
 
One of our objectives was to throw up a bridge in a hurry so that the M1's could move up. We started around 1900, and it should have taken us "four hours". Twelve hours later, no sleep, n non-stop through the night, we put the final rivets in the deck of the bridge. We got the hell out of the way, and the M1's rolled over. We went back to our make shift camp, and basically passed out from exhaustion and lack of food.
 


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