Military Personnel Must Stay at Their Posts no Matter What

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What a ride I have been on. I had surgery on my left eye on Monday, and it is healing quite well. Still hard to type, but I will not leave my post. I will share a story from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I was injured, but stayed on my duty spot.

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One of the things that happened to day which is Veteran’s Day, is nothing. I had to head to the coast and they didn’t have any restaurants on the list I gave you a couple of posts ago.

I went to the very small town of Waldport, Oregon. It is right on the coast. It is actually a pretty cool town.

I was there to get a haircut at the salon where my wife always goes, because a close friend is running it. We drive 70 miles each way to get our hair done.

As I was getting my haircut, the barber told me to look across the street. In this small little town the people were gathering to honor our veterans. You could see all the American Legion hats being worn. She said they have been there for a couple of hours. They had speakers, and some music. I so wanted to go there and greet them, but it was over when my haircut was done.

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I said I would share an excerpt from the book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. This excerpt is from my time deployed to Korea. I was a radio/teletype (053) operator, and spent each of my days up on hill 468. On top of that hill was a small military outpost. It was being used to monitor the airwaves for breaches of security.

I was highly trained for that site since I was chosen to be a part of the Army Security Agency. It was something like the CIA of the military.

One day I was monitoring he airwaves when every started stopping. The machines all began to turn off.

I rushed outside to see that the main generator was out of gas. The previous solider was suppose to make sure it was full before he left.

I got two cans of gas and climbed up on the generator. I had just finished filling the tank when I started to fall. I grabbed for something to help me not get too hurt. Unfortunately it was the manifold for the generator. It was extremely hot and it burnt my left hand seriously.

I was in severe pain.

I could have called down to headquarters and have them send up the next shift, but that would wake them up with only a few hours of sleep.

I decided I need to remain at my post and tough it out. I found some Vaseline and wrapped my left hand with a medical cloth.

I was one handed and had to work the the equipment the best I could.

Luckily I only had a few hours left on my shift.

This was a time where I learned about not leaving your post no matter what. Many of heroes have done that on the front lines to save many of their buddies. I certainly was not a hero in this case, but I did my appointed task and I am very proud of that.

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Time to check in on you my friend. How are you doing? Is the life we have to live right now starting to get to you? Does the news cause you to scream like it does me? You certainly are not alone.

We just past 10,000 veterans following this site. (10,040.) Everyone of us has your back.

However, if it is just too overwhelming right now, 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 the know you are OK. It is free BTW.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never fosaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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More Medal of Honor Recipients Who all Gave Their Lives to Save Others

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Now that many of you are veterans and retired, here are some fun and diffrerent places to travel to:

  1. American sign museum– Yes there is a museum that just has signs. Thousands of them. Many will bring back memeories. It is in Cincinnati.
  2. Salvation Mountain– This is man made mountain that has painted flowers, stripes, and many other designs. It has been featured on “Ripley’s Believ it out Not.” Nilen, California.
  3. World’s largest ball of twine- It is 20,000 pounds and growing. Locals keep adding to it. It is in Cawker, Kansas.
  4. Carhence-There is the local version of Stonehedge but it is made of cars. 39 of them. It is free. It is in Alliance, Nebraska.
  5. South Carolia Peachoid– It is a water tour that is 135 feet high. Some say it looks like the rear of someone’s anatomy. It is actually is entended to remind you that peaches are the states top crop. It is at Gaffney, South Carolia.

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More Medal of honor Heroes:

  1. PFC John Barnes- Barnes manned a machine gun after its crew had been killed. He then eliminated 9 enemy soldiers who were assauting his position. While retreving more ammo, Barne saw that a grenade had been thrown near some severly wounded comrades. He emmediatley dove on the grenade ending his own life, but saved many.
  2. PFC Carlos Lozada- Lozada stayed behind and poured deadly machine-gun fire on an advancing enemy force. This allowed his company to safely withdraw. When surrounded Lazada jumped from his covered position and fired his M-60 from the hip. This provided further protection for fellow soldiers. He was mortally wounded.
  3. Major Charles J. Watters Chalain– Watters repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in oreder to aid fallen men outside the premimeter. Five times he did this. Five times fellow troops tried to hold him back. He persisted in aiding and carrying the wounded back to safety. On one of his trips, he was hit and killed.

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Vietnam Vterans Memorial

  1. 53,318 names there
  2. 1,604 names of those missing action.
  3. 376 names added since 1982.
  4. 160 Medal of Honor recipients.
  5. 120 individuals from other countries.
  6. 31 sets fo brothers.
  7. 16 Chaplains
  8. 8 women (All nurses)
  9. 3 sets of fathers and sons.

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How are you today my friend?

Has it been a scary ride on the roller coaster of life? Do some days seem hard to bare? You are not alone. There is now 9,545 veterans here on this site and growing fast. Just in the month of september this site has gained 330 new follwers. All of them have your back.

If life is getting too hot to handle, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number for you to call 24/7. It has highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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+If you like what you see, please subscribe at the top of this page where it says, “subscribe.” When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox. Also, if you know some else who could benefit for the site, please let them know about it. You may be saving a life. Your comments will not be seen by other people, just me, and I will connect with you to see if you are OK to share it.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!