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3 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Thank you for your service from all of us.  I can write whatever I want thanks to you guys and girls.  If other roads were taken and some turns missed a loud mouth like me would be in a plastic barrel in Turkey.

Surely you mean plastic wrap.... Turkish people are cheaper than @Captain Obvious to waste a perfectly good plastic barrel ..... Just kidding. I can't laugh too much as my roots trace back to Hungary.  And it was great to meet you at ZCon. Next time, BEER! :beer:

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She who must be obeyed has reduced his killing funds!  A few rounds of Siran Wrap would be much cheaper.  Good call Wayne!

I think you and Captain Obvious plus myself would be a hotels best trio.  I would take the bath tub as long as you two promise not to pee in there. ROFL

Branson or Nashville?   Maybe you two will have a/c for our '77s figured out by then?

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2 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Fireman and policeman seem to be working much harder in our current predicament also.

Especially here in Ventura county where I live. Too many fires!

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48 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

She who must be obeyed has reduced his killing funds!  A few rounds of Siran Wrap would be much cheaper.  Good call Wayne!

I think you and Captain Obvious plus myself would be a hotels best trio.  I would take the bath tub as long as you two promise not to pee in there. ROFL

Branson or Nashville?   Maybe you two will have a/c for our '77s figured out by then?

I sure am glad I wasn't taking a sip when I read your reply.... SPEEEEEEWWWWW

I think if that is going to happen, we need to ask @Zup's better half to do some research on rooms,.... Zup and @S30Driver had some really NICE suites - Are you guys IN?. But, I'm sure I would be the one banished to the bathtub according to Bruce's observations... err, complaints.

I'm on the fence on Branson, leaning in a nay way, but am ON for Nashville.

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42 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Thank you for your service from all of us.  I can write whatever I want thanks to you guys and girls.  If other roads were taken and some turns missed a loud mouth like me would be in a plastic barrel in Turkey.

Cliff

Cliff, on behalf of the Vets in the group, I thank you for the recognition.  It hasn't always been that way. 

Although I helped keep the world safe from Communism during my 20 year Air Force career last century, I still know some folks who could stuff you in a plastic barrel and send you to Turkey.  LOL

Dennis

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1 hour ago, siteunseen said:

My next door neighbors would like your contact info. LOL

Let them know I'm booked solid until next July.  :cool:

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Thanks for the thoughts Site, we appreciate it.
I also like to pass my thanks to the spouses of serving members. They put up with a lot from us and often suffer more from lack of information while we are deployed than anyone knows. They know we are in danger, yet don’t hear from us for weeks at a time or more. Here’s to them too!

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9 hours ago, 240260280 said:

My great uncle Fred George Matthews.  He fought in WW I and WW II.   Got gassed in WW I.

He constructed and operated telegraph systems in Newfoundland.

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Regards,

Philip

It will be a good day when all wars are just distant memories, faded pictures, and stories in history books. 

Dennis

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Whoa whoa... you guys are messing with my job security!


I’m okay with that...

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My Uncle Bob. He passed away last week at the age of 97.

Marines, Benedictine celebrate Corps’ 240th

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Marines, Benedictine celebrate Corps’ 240th

 

 
 

MANCHESTER — If anyone embodied the idea at the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps’ founding on Tuesday that “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” it was Robert Kiernan.

Enlisting in the U.S. Navy right after Pearl Harbor, Kiernan learned to fly and then got an invitation to join the Marines.

Kiernan continued to serve, even after the war, but just around the time of the Korean War, he felt another calling.

For almost 50 years, Kiernan, who is known as Brother Robert and who will be 94 next month, was one of the Benedictine monks living at the Weston priory. Since breaking his leg, Kiernan has lived at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, but on Tuesday he was at Garlic John’s restaurant for the yearly celebration of the formation of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Organized every year by Donald Keelan of Arlington, the celebration brings Marines from all over Southern Vermont to the restaurant for a chance to reminisce and share the bond of shared experience.

Participants range from those like Kiernan, who served during World War II, to active Marines such as Staff Sgt. Bill Wolff and Sgt. Ian Bushee, both of whom are currently serving as Marine recruiters in Manchester and Rutland respectively.

Many at the event move a little more slowly than they did while in uniform but remember the details of their service clearly.

Kiernan, who is originally from Maplewood, N.J., said he enlisted right away in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, but wasn’t called up until March.

At the time, Kiernan was a student at Cornell University.

“I was studying chemistry, and I wasn’t too keen on it so I wanted to do something else. I decided to learn to fly,” he said.

Kiernan earned his wings at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and in Jacksonville, Fla. He said the last piece of training was performing eight landings on an aircraft carrier.

For about a year around 1943, Kiernan flew dive bombers as a member of Squadron 234. Kiernan remembers flying from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, out of Guadalcanal, at an airfield started by the Japanese but completed by U.S. Marines.

During that year, Kiernan flew about 60 missions.

“We weren’t in combat all the time. We were usually in combat for six to eight weeks then we went back behind the lines and did other training,” he said.

Kiernan’s service included coming back to the United States and serving as a Marine instructor in California for about a year.

In 1945, Kiernan went overseas again. He was stationed at Ulithi, an atoll in the western Pacific Ocean, where he and his fellow Marines thought they were getting ready to bomb the Japanese mainland but after the atomic bomb was dropped, the war ended quickly.

“I thought we were going to get into a war with Russia, so when it was time for a discharge, I signed up for the reserves, and I flew in the reserves for another five years,”

During that time, Kiernan worked as a broker on Wall Street, but he felt the call to a vocation to a religious life. He visited the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where Thomas Merton was living. Kiernan said he was impressed by Gethsemani and wanted to pursue the same life for himself.

“I didn’t find I was doing anything meaningful. My life was interesting enough but I couldn’t find any direction for it. I wanted to do something that was really meaningful in my life and when I made the retreat to Gethsemani, that impressed me so much, I wanted to do that for the rest of my life,” he said.

Kiernan was at Weston for 47 years until he broke his hip in July 2014. Since then, he has lived at the Vermont Veterans Home where, through therapy, he has been able to learn to walk with a cane.

The veterans home will see a benefit from the Marine Corps birthday. Retired Cpl. Roger Preuss brought two vials of sand from Normandy that he had gotten last year which were sold at the lunch to benefit the home. The purchasers, both Marines, were prominent: David Meiselman, chairman of the board of trustees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and Jerry Carr, a retired Marine and astronaut who was the commander of the Skylab 4 flight in 1973.

patrick.mcardle @rutlandherald.com

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On 11/12/2018 at 6:07 PM, siteunseen said:

Thank you for your service from all of us.  I can write whatever I want thanks to you guys and girls.  If other roads were taken and some turns missed a loud mouth like me would be in a plastic barrel in Turkey.

Cliff

Cliff, Thank you for that. As it has been said somewhere, if you can read and write, thank a teacher. If it is in English, thank a Veteran. I missed out on any action during my tour, but if I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. Semper Fi!

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Thank You Wayne!

I'm glad to hear from you more often on the forum.  We need helpful people on here like you.  I know you've been here way longer than me but seems like Zcon and sharing some time with Bruce has made you crazy enough to reply to guys like me. LOL

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Cliff, Thanks it was an honor to serve a grateful nation. Someone said it earlier but I wanted to say it again. The families carry much of the burden of the ones who serve. Deployments are hard on the ones left behind. The experiment we call America is fragile and most are unaware how special it is. Freedom is lost in miles and regained in inches and usually at the end of a sword. No one can serve without out the support of our citizenry.

 

 

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