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The below e-mail was sent to me at work, would like to share.


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When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by
the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example
of empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, 'Over the years,
the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great
peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have
ever asked for in return is enough to bury t h ose that did not return.

You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a
break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you
heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to
Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb
them?'

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers
have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people;
they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed
3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water e ac h day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from thei r flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France
have? '

You could have heard a pin drop

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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting
away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly
complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans
learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to
speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the
Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you w ouldn't have
to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a
tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by
plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs
officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to
France previously. 'Then you should know enough to have your passport
ready.' The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to
show it.' 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on
arrival in France!' The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard
look. Then he quietly explained. 'Well, when I came ashore at Omaha
Beach on D-Day in '44 to help libe rate this country, I couldn't find any
Frenchmen to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop

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What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and
including his life.'

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today,
who no longer understand that fact.

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What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and
including his life.'

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today,
who no longer understand that fact.
Very sad but unfortunately very true.

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Airborne.....my brother !
"Follow me", iron Mike, I am the Infantry............
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...nfantry_School

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Thanks for sharing that John.

By the way, in reference to Infantry, There was a great book written recently with cartoons from WWII by Bill Mauldin (who recently died) Called "Up Front." Actually the book is about his life and the book Up Front was filled with his cartoons. They were funny, but sad. My original copy was from my uncle who was in the infantry in the Philippines...

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A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a
tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by
plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs
officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to
France previously. 'Then you should know enough to have your passport
ready.' The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to
show it.' 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on
arrival in France!' The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard
look. Then he quietly explained. 'Well, when I came ashore at Omaha
Beach on D-Day in '44 to help libe rate this country, I couldn't find any
Frenchmen to show it to.'

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Thanks for sharing that John.

By the way, in reference to Infantry, There was a great book written recently with cartoons from WWII by Bill Mauldin (who recently died) Called "Up Front." Actually the book is about his life and the book Up Front was filled with his cartoons. They were funny, but sad. My original copy was from my uncle who was in the infantry in the Philippines...
I always believe the Infantry is over looked by the Special Forces, Navy Seals, Marines etc...............but when you can not bomb it, ride to it and need to hand search it, call the Infantry...............Be proud of your uncle. I may have to get that book.

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