Stories of Near Death Experiences and Some very Funny Moments

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Some military news:

“We’ve got to keep pushing on this” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston talked about the branch’s efforts to prevent more soldiers like Spc. Vanessa Guillén from being sexually harassed and murdered. Thursday marked exactly a year since Guillén first went missing: and her death forced a reckoning within the Army on how it treats its lower enlisted soldiers, particularly women.
“They leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could” was how Marine Gen. John Kelly described the last moments of Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, two Marine grunts who died exactly 13 years ago Thursday while trying to stop a truck carrying 2,000 pounds of explosives as it barreled toward their post in Ramadi, Iraq. Marine veteran and Task & Purpose deputy editor James Clark remembered the fallen infantrymen and the lives they led in a moving story. Both Marines were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for their actions that day.

Speaking of sacrifice, Navy vet Stephanie Kroot is one of only 50 or so Americans to have donated two of her organs to two separate people, literally giving parts of herself to save the lives of strangers. But those donations are only the latest episodes in Kroot’s long life of service, which includes stints as a police officer, a Navy intelligence specialist, and a critical care nurse. Yeah, she’s good people.

There’s a first time for everything, like sending a general officer to court-martial, as the Air Force found out on Wednesday when it referred a sexual assault charge against Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley to a general court-martial.The former commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Cooley is the first Air Force general in the branch’s 73-year history to be court-martialed, though he’s far from the first to be accused of sexual misconduct.

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There are many soldiers who aren’t happy with the way our country is going. Many have joined ranks and formed their own groups. This is not good. We need to stand together and correct the problem. We do not need hundreds of splinter groups.

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Update on my upcoming book, Signs of Hope of the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life.

It has been a long time since I last shared the outline of my book. I think it is very helpful to share this to let our kow what is coming.

This is the order that it is written:

  1. Basic training. Lots of funny stuff happened plus some good stuff happened.
  2. Mos training- FT Gordon, GA. Got hit with a hurricane. Fast and furious training.
  3. Korea- Here is where I learned about life. Just a teenager, and facing the dark side of life. Lost two buddies there as well.
  4. FT Bragg, NC. Got a huge scare with the Bay of Pigs incident.

Each section of the main book, will have many pages of things I faced and how I faced them. Some were life threatening. Some were embarrassing. Some were as stupid is and stupid does.

Another section will be interviews with soldiers who were actually in the field. Like WWII, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, etc.

Many of the interviews will have life threatening stories. Too many of the interviews were with buddies fighting PTSD, TBI, war wounds, etc.

The third section will Appendix #1.

Appendix #1 will have pages and pages of help for you and how to use them.

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How are you doing? Is the mile you walk in life, seem more like a marathon? Is it too difficult to continue the battle?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 11,880 fellow veterans here who have your back. Many of them are people I have met and are sharing some of their lives.

Please know, that if it is just to much for you right now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that is 24/7.

There are highly trained counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never, ever, face this world alone!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And never, ever, give up!

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Our Country is Racing Into the Wrong Direction Fast

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May 1st is approaching fast, and President Biden still is refusing to get our troops out of Afghanistan. He is breaking many hearts of loved ones who thought their loved one was coming home.

Yesterday, President Biden laid out his plan to get rid of guns. One of his starling comments was that no amendments of the Constitution are free from changing. He is going to use some more of his executive orders to make guns laws that no one will agree to.

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I am impressed with our new Defense Secretary. As of today I feel he doing some good things. We will see.

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Another step closer to getting my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the Trenches of Life, published.

I have been cleaning up several interviews with veterans, and they are looking good. There are some shocking stories, and near death experiences.

I have four WWII interviews that are amazing. In all of them death was close.

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I am going to be short today. I had a huge physical testing time yesterday and it has left me deflated. I had a nuclear stress test. It wasn’t terrible, but it zapped my strength.

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How about you? Do you feel deflated from you daily routine? Does the world seem to be spinning too fast?

Fear not!

There are over 11,780 fellow veterans here who have your back.

Of course if your path is just getting too rough, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

There are highly trained counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until the know you are OK.

Never, ever, take on this,not so friendly, world alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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While Deployed, We Sometimes Do Things We Regret Later

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I want to plug a social media site that I highly recommend. It’s not like all the other sites. It is for military people only.

It is called RallyPoint. There are close to two million veterans there. It is a wonderful way to find old military buddies, and talk military.

www.rallypoint.com/join/spc-douglas-bolton

Just go to this site and sign up. It is free and the topics are always very interesting.

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Got to think that the current administration for our country wants to have us do a U-turn and go in the wrong direction. They have closed all oil pipelines, causing gas prices to skyrocket. They are clinging to abortion and want to even expand it. They even said they wanted to get rid of cows, because the gas they omit pollutes our air.

I have never seen such a quick change in our country since the new president has taken over.

I am very alarmed that he may not be fit for the job. I heard him speak in just the last two days, and he doesn’t seem coherent. He loses where he is at in his speech. He forgets his own cabinet members names

He has opened to door to China to seemingly let them take control of our country.

This is an opinion of course, and I hope I am very wrong.

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Here is another excerpt from the new book coming out called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

One of my most embarrassing times while deployed to South Korea, was actually on my day off. A courier who was make a run up to the DMZ area invited me to ride with him.

I was excited about the trip, because I had never been to the area.

On the way there we came through a rice patty area with hundreds of acres of rice.

The driver saw a papasan (old guy) carrying some human waste in the buckets that he had strung to a board and was carrying it on his back.

The driver challenged me to hit the nearest bucket to see what would happen. I felt I needed to do it to be accepted. (I know stupid.)

We got close and I stuck my arm out and flipped the man’s bucket. It spun him around and sent him to the ground all covered with human waste.

The driver laughed, and said, “Welcome to the club.!” I was instantly sorry that Idid and cussed out the driver for talking me into it.

He shouted back that the man was just a gook. No big deal.

I think about that trip even to this day.

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I have much more on this trip in my book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life.

It will cover what happened when I got to the DMZ, It was frightening, but fun at the same time.

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Back to the real world. How are you doing? Did you have some bad moments when you were deployed? Does it still bother you today like my adventures does?

Not to worry… there are over 11,625 fellow veterans here who have you back.

If the load is too heavy for you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never face the storms of life alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are Never Alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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