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  • John Slagowski
    GUNG-HO and THANK YOU etal ... -- John Slagowski S&H Investigative Services 302.999.9911 Please visit our website at: http://www.snh.net ... Free
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      GUNG-HO and THANK YOU etal

      Jerry Allhands wrote:

      > From: "Jerry Allhands" <nightwng@...>
      >
      > To all friends, old and new, I wish you all a Happy Veterans Day!
      >
      > Please read the messages below my signature list.
      >
      > To all of my friends that I served with as an Air Force Security
      > Specialist -- Stay low and live large. And to all of my friends I served
      > in the US Army 82nd Airborne with -- Airborne all the way, and for God's
      > sake check your reserve!
      > To the rest of you guys - with a name like Allhands do you really think
      > I'd join the Navy or the Marine Corps?
      >
      > To all veterans I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
      > Jerry Allhands, President
      > AIRBORNE DETECTIVES of AMERICA, INC.
      > Post Office Box 1221
      > Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614-1221
      > Email: nightwng@...
      > Toll Free: 800-519-6264
      > Telephone: 601-624-6329
      > Fax: 601-624-6729
      >
      > Member: NAIS, ACI, AFSPA, NLVA, C-CCCC
      >
      > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      > What Have You Accomplished Today?
      > What You Did Yesterday Is Ancient History!
      >
      > ----------
      > From: Paul D. Burgess <usafsp@...>
      > To: usafsp@...
      > Subject: FW: DADDY, WHAT IS A VET?
      > Date: Tuesday, November 10, 1998 8:24 AM
      >
      > Here's something I thought I would forward to all of you in honor of
      > Veteran's Day. Enjoy!
      > -----Original Message-----
      > > DADDY, WHAT IS A VET?
      > >
      > > Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a
      > > jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
      > >
      > > Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone
      > > together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of
      > > inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
      > >
      > > Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America
      > > safe wear no badge or emblem.
      > >
      > > You can't tell a vet just by looking.
      > >
      > > What is a vet?
      > >
      > > He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia
      > > sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers
      > > didn't run out of fuel.
      > >
      > > He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
      > > overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the
      > cosmic
      > > scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
      > >
      > > She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to
      > > sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
      > >
      > > He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or
      > > didn't come back AT ALL.
      > >
      > > He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but
      > > has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and
      > > gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's
      > backs.
      > >
      > > He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and
      > > medals with a prosthetic hand.
      > >
      > > He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals
      > pass
      > > him by.
      > >
      > > He is any of the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns,
      > > whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever
      > preserve
      > > the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized
      > > with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
      > >
      > > He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now
      > > and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and
      > who
      > > wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when
      > the
      > > nightmares come.
      > >
      > > He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who
      > > offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his
      > country,
      > > and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to
      > sacrifice
      > > theirs.
      > >
      > > He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he
      > > is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the
      > > finest, greatest nation ever known.
      > >
      > > So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country,
      > > just lean over and say "Thank You." That's all most people need, and
      > in
      > > most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been
      > > awarded or were awarded.
      > >
      > > Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
      > >
      > > Remember November 11th is Veterans Day
      > >
      > > "It is the soldier, not the reporter,
      > > Who has given us freedom of the press.
      > > It is the soldier, not the poet,
      > > Who has given us freedom of speech.
      > > It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
      > > Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
      > > It is the soldier,
      > > Who salutes the flag,
      > > Who serves beneath the flag,
      > > And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
      > > Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
      > >
      > > Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
      >
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      John Slagowski
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