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  •  He died on his first mission on his first day (6+ / 0-)

    in country.  Any death is horrible and for sure his family was crushed, but those who die their first days there or those who die just days before leaving always seemed to me would be that much harder to take.

    I'm glad they found his remains and he is home again.  The work done by the folks at Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office earn them angel wings imo.

    Loved the piece by Dave Van Ronk ;)

    Did you get some snow the other day?

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:14:22 AM PST

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    •  We got a bit of snow, (7+ / 0-)

      but mostly freezing drizzle.  My daughter managed to do a 360 down by the grade school when she braked for a stop sign.  She was in her 4WD truck which has all weather tires, but black ice is black ice.  Fortunately she did not hit anything because no one else was venturing out much.  It warmed up above freezing yesterday, so it all melted.  

      She just came in from work.  It is a full moon, so they had a bad night down at the jail.  Inmates broke off sprinklers, damaged property and one female officer was attacked.  As my daughter put it, the female booking officer, "Went all Donkey Kong on them," when one of the inmates grabbed her thigh.  Now the four guys involved are facing additional felony charges.  She said it took every trustee and all the officers on duty to get the flooded cell block cleaned up. Apparently by the time she got off work, the entire Sheriff's department staff's nerves were fried.  She has gone off to bed to try and get some sleep.

      I got an email from my son, who said he could always tell when it is a full moon.  His ER looked more like a zoo than a hospital.  

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:25:14 AM PST

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    •  They laid out there (5+ / 0-)
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      in that fetid stinking jungle for twenty years before he and his back-seater were found. I have had dreams about that,  none of them good.  He was a Captain when shot down, but was promoted posthumously to Major while he was still listed as MIA.  His stone in the National Cemetery says Major.  Wish he could have lived to know he would be promoted.

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:42:56 AM PST

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