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My father was big into Memorial Day. After 25 years in the US Navy, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He received a Purple Heart for combat wounds in Korea. When I graduated from the Naval Academy, he saluted me, but it went downhill from there. Vietnam turned me from a 'yes sir' kind of guy into a radicalized young officer. My father didn't like my attitude. I didn't like the fact that my friends were dying in Southeast Asia.

From Wikipedia: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May . It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Nowadays most Americans use the date as merely marking the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season as many government parks and beaches start their summer schedule on the Friday before. Many outdoor community swimming pools also open on this day.

On this particular Memorial Day, you'll find lots of waxing poetic about the deaths of military men and women. In my case, the verse is dark, colored by outrage at our president and his handlers. They are cowards of the highest order, cowards who send others to die for no good reason.

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Thank you for your service

I imagine that many more who served in combat feel the way you do, but also feel that they can't speak their minds. Look at how Republicans treat those who do. Why would you want to invite that kind of backlash? I hope that a new Democratic majority will address the issues facing veterans and will always vote to take care of those who have served our country in the military. They are honorable and should be honored, even when their President's mission is not an honorable one.



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Those who have fallen 05-06

From the News and Observer today.

PHILLIP C. EDMUNDSON
AGE: 22
HOMETOWN: Wilson
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Ramadi, Iraq
August 31, 2005

MONTA S. RUTH
AGE: 26
HOMETOWN: Winston-Salem
RANK AND UNIT: Sgt., Army, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Samarra, Iraq
September 22, 2005

KEVIN M. JONES
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Washington
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 181st Transportation Battalion, 7th Corps Support Group, 3rd Corps Command, Mannheim, Germany
KILLED BY: Explosive device in Taqaddum, Iraq
October 15 2005

MARK P. ADAMS
AGE: 24
HOMETOWN: Morrisville
RANK AND UNIT: Sgt., Marines Reserve, II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Saqlawiyah, Iraq
October 20, 2005

ANDREW D. RUSSOLI
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Greensboro
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., Marines, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq
October 21, 2005

KENNETH J. BUTLER
AGE: 19
HOMETOWN: Rowan
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., Marines, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Amiriyah, Iraq

CHRISTOPHER W. THOMPSON
AGE: 25
HOMETOWN: North Wilkesboro
RANK AND UNIT: Petty Officer 3rd Class, Navy, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 8th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Combat, Anbar province, Iraq

BENNY G. COCKERHAM III
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Conover
RANK AND UNIT: Cpl., Marines, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Amiriyah, Iraq
November 4, 2005

DARRELL W. BOATMAN
AGE: 38
HOMETOWN: Fayetteville
RANK AND UNIT: Gunnery Sgt., Marines, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Habbaniyah, Iraq
November 10, 2005

DANIEL F. SWAIM
AGE: 19
HOMETOWN: Yadkinville
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., U.S. Marines, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Karabilah, Iraq
December 28, 2005

AARON M. FORBES
AGE: 24
HOMETOWN: Oak Island
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry, Fort Hood, Texas
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Baghdad
December 29, 2005

PRINCE K. TEEWIA
AGE: 27
HOMETOWN: Durham
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airb, Fort Campbell, Ky.
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Baghdad
January 7, 2006

ROBERT T. JOHNSON
AGE: 20
HOMETOWN: Erwin
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army Reserve, 805th Military Police Company, Raleigh
KILLED IN: Vehicle accident, Umm Qasr, Iraq

JERIAD P. JACOBS
AGE: 19
HOMETOWN: Clayton
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., Marines, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Hostile fire near Fallujah, Iraq
January 13, 2006

MITCHELL K. CARVER JR.
AGE: 31
HOMETOWN: Charlotte
RANK AND UNIT: Chief Warrant Officer 3, Army, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
KILLED WHEN: Helicopter was attacked, Sukar, Iraq
January 28, 2006

FELIPE C. BARBOSA
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: High Point
RANK AND UNIT: Cpl., Marines, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune
KILLED IN: Vehicle accident, Fallujah, Iraq
February 6, 2006

DAVID S. PARR
AGE: 22
HOMETOWN: Benson
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., Marines, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Hit, Iraq
March 12, 2006

ANTON J. HIETT
AGE: 25
HOMETOWN: Mount Airy
RANK AND UNIT: Sgt., Army Reserve, 391st Engineering Battalion, Asheville
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Pech Valley, Afghanistan

KEVIN D. AKINS
AGE: 29
HOMETOWN: Burnsville
RANK AND UNIT: Sgt., Army Reserve, 391st Engineering Battalion, Asheville
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Pech Valley, Afghanistan

JOSEPH R. RAY
AGE: 29
HOMETOWN: Asheville
RANK AND UNIT: Staff Sgt., U.S. Army Reserve, 391st Engineering Battalion, Asheville
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Pech Valley Afghanistan
April 1, 2006

DARRELL P. CLAY
AGE: 34
HOMETOWN: Fayetteville
RANK AND UNIT: Staff Sgt., Army, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Baghdad
April 8, 2006

SHAWN R. CREIGHTON
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Windsor
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
KILLED BY: Explosive device, Rawah, Iraq
April 11, 2006

KENNETH D. HESS
AGE: 26
HOMETOWN: Asheville
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
KILLED BY: Suicide bomber, Rawah, Iraq
April 20, 2006

JASON C. RAMSEYER
AGE: 28
HOMETOWN: Lenoir
RANK AND UNIT: Staff Sgt., Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
KILLED BY: Combat, Anbar province, Iraq
May 5, 2006

DAVID N. TIMMONS JR.
AGE: 23
HOMETOWN: Lewisville
RANK AND UNIT: Spc., Army, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
KILLED IN: Helicopter crash, Asadabad, Afghanistan
May 26, 2006

KEVIN A. LUCAS
AGE: 20
HOMETOWN: Greensboro
RANK AND UNIT: Lance Cpl., Marines, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune
KILLED IN: Combat, Anbar province, Iraq

That list is too long.

....about 26 names too long.



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