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Old 04-02-2003, 07:21 PM
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Default Boy, if this isn't an eye opener..........

Boy, if this isn't an eye opener..........


Hey: If you haven't seen this one yet!
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.

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 155mm Howitzers. 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.


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 then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create
them.

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

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 "just" a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free
For over 200 years.

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.

Prayer wheel for our military...please don't break it. Please
Send this on after this short prayer.

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."

Prayer Wheel: When you receive 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 at war with Iraq.
There is nothing attached.... This can be very powerful.... Just
send this to all the people in your address book. Do not stop the
wheel, please.... Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier,
Sailor, Marine or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
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Old 04-02-2003, 07:36 PM
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Hits home allright......

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Amen.

I say a prayer every time I think of them. For them and for thanks that it's not me bleeding to death in a foxhole.

Godspeed.
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I second that :God Bless and Protect them in this time.
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GOD BLESS THEM ALL
EXCEPT THE MUSLIMS
LET THEM ALL DIE!
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I like that one. Thanks for sharing.
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