Friday, February 26, 2010

A Community Helps to Rebuild

In searching for something else on my previous version of this blog, I came across this post
from July 2006 Deployed Soldier's Family Found Murdered and remembered the horror of reading that Leonid Milkin had lost his family to murder while he was deployed, and praying for him during that time.

Wondering how Leonid Milkin was faring these days, I did a search and found this
Volunteers pour in to help rebuild Milkin house; funds still needed
(from the Kirklandreporter.com)

The article mentions a Facebook page set up for this volunteer project.

It warmed my heart to read that his community was still supporting him. Please spread the word about this, won't you?

Remembering February 26,1993

From the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center website





Remember February 26,1993





February 26,1993 is the date of the First attack on the WTC.



I can never think of this day without thinking of a man I consider one of the true heroes of our time, Rick Rescorla



and without thinking of the first attack as a foreshadowing of what was to come in 2001, which Mr. Rescorla predicted.



Six people lost their lives in the first attack. To their families and friends.....we have not forgotten their loss, and we hold you in our hearts and prayers just as we hold the families and friends of all those who were lost in 2001.



We will not forget.





Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday Hero

Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig
Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig
U.S. Marines

It is hard to know whether Monday was a very bad day or a very good day for Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig.

On the one hand, he was shot in the head. On the other, the bullet bounced off him.

In one of those rare battlefield miracles, an insurgent sniper hit Lance Cpl. Koenig dead on in the front of his helmet, and he walked away from it with a smile on his face.

"I don't think I could be any luckier than this," Lance Cpl. Koenig said two hours after the shooting.

You can read the rest of Lance Cpl. Koenig's story here.



These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Poem for a Vietnam Veteran Nurse, written by my daughter

In October of 2006, I posted on my original version of this blog

For My Aunt, A Thank You to an Army Nurse Corps Vietnam Veteran


Several weeks ago, my daughter told us she needed to write a 'commissioned' work of poetry as an assignment for her English class.
The 'commission' I gave her was to write a poem for my aunt Lynn about her service in Vietnam.

Here is the poem April wrote for her great-aunt Lynn:

Vietnam

From August 1967
To August 1968
My nursing skills brought me
To the war of Vietnam

Located on the coast
Near the village of Phu Hiep
I worked to mend
The wounded that came in

It was the 91st Evac
With concrete slabs and tin
Constructing our little houses
For us to live this war in

To be silly, and give some cheer
I acquired some paint
To make my room walls
An ugly shade of pink

Choppers come overhead
Bring with it many injured
Some won't survive
and some reach us already dead

The Napalm wounds hurt more
Than just those hit
Because then those burned
Come to our burn unit

A nurse can't be on that ward
For more than one day
Because our emotional toll
Would be one so great

To our burn tank, they'd be soaped up
Doped up on medication
To help with the pain of their skin
Being peeled off

But there were little things
that were rewarding to us
One of those rewards
Was a child named Bao

He looked six months
But was really two
Someone from a village
Brought him, because he was ill

He was malnourished,he wouldn't eat
An infection in his mouth
Hydrogen peroxide
was the simple cure

He stayed with us for months
And started being able to eat
His infection was gone
And he was growing strong

Then one day we stood him up
And he began to move his feet
He was walking on his own
That moment was rewarding for me

One emotional, tiring year
And then I got to come home
I prayed as the plane took off
To get back safe

It took three extra days
To get back into the States
But my frustration left me
When I saw my husband at the plane gate

I don't speak of it much
Except the stories that get a laugh
Because not many people
Understand the stories that are bad

They ask "How'd you like it?"
A ridiculous question
With all the things I saw
Who could like things like that?

Most people don't understand
What it was like being over there
Burn tanks, working on the wounded
And all the emotional parts of war

However, if I had to
I'd do it all again
For that one year of my life
That I was in the War in Vietnam

Remembering those who served on the USS Pamanset in WW II

In June of 2006, I posted (on the first incarnation of this blog)

Some of My Family History, Grandad in WW II

about my grandfather, Donald McNulty's, service aboard the USS Pamanset in WW II.

Today, I received in the mail an article about one of his shipmates

Carbon Hill Veteran Honors Lost Shipmates

Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for remembering all those who served aboard the USS Pamanset.
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Mr. Johnson sent me a picture he had of my Grandad aboard the Pamanset, after I had posted about my Grandad's service, and my mother also sent me the picture of the ship that she had inherited from Grandad, I posted those pictures Here in 2008.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wednesday Hero

Capt. Ferris W. Butler
Capt. Ferris W. Butler
U.S. Army

Capt. Ferris W. Butler, former platoon leader with D Company, 214th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain, 2nd Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Drum, N.Y., talks to the Soldiers at Morale, Welfare and Recreation east Feb. 5 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Butler, a Port Tobacco, Mass., native, participated in Operation Proper Exit, which brings Veterans who were injured in Iraq back to the country to revisit the area and share their stories.



These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.


We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Exercise Maple Guardian

From the U.S. Army's Stand-To ( a daily compendium of news, information, and context for Army Leaders) on Stand To for Feb 16,2010

Exercise Maple Guardian, which began in January, is in preparation for the Canadian Forces deployment to Afghanistan this spring.

More on the story here from Army.mil
National Training Center hosts Canadian Task Force rotations before deployment

A Facebook Remembrance Project

Via Milblogging.com Live and Remember: Project aims to create separate Facebook pages for 27,594 Allied Soldiers killed in Belgium during WWII

No,I didn't disappear into a snow drift,lol......

It seems that after I posted last week's Wednesday Hero, I just haven't found the time to blog......between snow, and working extra hours, and snow, and a gazillion other things going on around the house here with the family.....and, of course, snow (and snow clean-up,lol, snow removal, Driving in the snow on my crappy road that they still haven't cleaned off yet, more snow.....s-n-o-w the new four-letter word:).....anyway, just a lot going on and I couldn't seem to find the time to sit down and post here on my blog. I'll try and rectify that this evening:)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Wednesday Hero

(Editorial note: Since it's highly possible I'll be staying at work through the Next snowstorm heading our way on Tues., so I can work Weds, I decided to post Wednesday Hero early. and, in case Mother Nature is interested? Enough Winter,already! just sayin'....Kathi )


This Week's Post Was Written By Mark In Honor Of His Wife's Grandfather


Marvin Glenn & His Wife, Christina
Marvin Glenn & His Wife, Christina
U.S. Navy

Marvin Glenn was born in Oklahoma, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939, and married his wife of over 60 years. Marvin enlisted in the Navy in 1944, becoming a member of the Greatest Generation. He chose to serve, despite being exempt due to a heart murmur. He went on to serve on the Escort Carrier USS Copahee. After his discharge Marvin became a brick layer, a job he continued to perform until he was 82 despite only having one eye. Along with being a brick layer, Marvin maintained a garden which he and his wife used to provide for themselves, and those in need. The life Marvin lived, in service to others, inspired his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anyone who came to know him. Marvin was laid to rest in Henryetta, Oklahoma on January 16, 2010, at the age of 92, with full military honors.


These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Army Civilian Employee Missing

From the DOD website

The Department of Defense today announced the identity of a civilian employee listed as Excused Absence Whereabouts Unknown (EAWUN) while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Issa T. Salomi, 60, of El Cajon, Calif., has been unaccounted for since Jan. 23. He was last seen in Baghdad, Iraq, where he is assigned to U.S. Forces – Iraq. Search and recovery efforts are ongoing.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

OK, this Ticks me off.....

I'm sure milbloggers must've written about this, but I don't seem to have as much time to go 'blog trolling' as I used to.......

via the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune (and my Mom:)comes this story

Red Bulls still awaiting $10M in OT pay by Kevin Diaz

I can't express how completely angry I am, that these National Guardsmen and Women, are still waiting for this money. I remember when the Red Bulls were deployed, we at Soldiers Angels supported a number of Red Bulls during the deployment, and the extension of their deployment, and there were some very good bloggers in the Red Bulls at the time that I also followed..........Get These Folks Paid For Their Service, already!!!!!!

No excuses. Get It Done.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wednesday Hero


U.S. Air Force

Airmen from the Kentucky National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group help to offload wounded Haitian refugees and medics from Puerto Rico National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at the air hub Jan. 25, 2010, in Barahona, Dominican Republic.



Photo Courtesy U.S Air Force Taken By Tech. Sgt. Dennis Flora


These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.


We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Feb. 3: Four Chaplains Day


From the Wikipedia entry:
The Four Chaplains were four U. S. Army chaplains who were killed in action when the USAT Dorchester was hit by a torpedo and sank on February 3, 1943.
They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their life jackets when the supply ran out.
230 of the 904 men aboard the ship were rescued.
On 19 December 1944, all four chaplains were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross.[2]
The Chaplain's Medal for Heroism was authorized in 1961 and posthumously presented by the President of the United States to the families of the chaplains.
The chaplains were also honored with a stamp,issued in 1948 and by an act of the United States Congress, designating 3 February as "Four Chaplains Day."
The chaplains were Lieutenants
The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation website can be found HERE
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Stars & Stripes Online Valentine's Day Messages

Stars & Stripes is accepting online-only Valentine's Day messages until Feb.13th, the link is
HERE