American Heros

Re: American Heros

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:40 am

I firmly believe that there should be more highways, bridges, parks & such named after our countries hero`s rather than a bunch of scum sucking politicians that used taxpayer money for them & then get the project named for themselves.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: franco b On: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:55 pm

coaledsweat wrote:I'll go along with that but the trouble is mankind in general has never been very good at that. If it was, we wouldn't have many heroes to put in this thread and we have plenty. :cry:


Well said and unfortunately true.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:35 pm

coaledsweat wrote:Pakistan let their secrets slip out.


And whose fault is it that Pakistan had secrets to let "slip out"?

If you can't trust a tin pot dictator that came to power in a military coup, who can you trust?
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:13 pm

jpete wrote:And whose fault is it that Pakistan had secrets to let "slip out"?

If you can't trust a tin pot dictator that came to power in a military coup, who can you trust?

Must be Bush's fault, LOL.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:34 pm

I guess it depends on who you ask. ;)

Pakistan has been nuclear armed for a while.

Pervez came in in 1999, I guess that makes it Clinton's fault. :D
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:55 pm

How about John Basilone. Raritan, NJ has a bronze statue to him, not too far from here.

I was in a panic last night about a broken shear pin on a snowblower and it was getting dark lol. Can't imagine what these Marines had to do on Guadalcanal!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Basilone
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: cokehead On: Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:02 pm

Thanks for the link for John Basilone. Many thousands have served in our military and most of their stories will never be heard. Their heroic moment(s) are lost to history. We are very fortunate to have had men like John Basilone. They deserve to be remembered. We owe them our gratitude and respect.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:33 pm

Charles Hathcock,ring anyone's bell?
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: cokehead On: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:26 pm

Carlos Norman Hathcock II (Charles Hathcock or White Feather) United States Marine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Hathcock

"Hathcock said in a book written about his career as a sniper: "I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That's just the way I see it."" Quote from the wikipedia link above

http://www.grunt.com/scuttlebutt/corps- ... thcock.asp

"As a result of his skill Sergeant Hathcock was twice recruited for covert assignments. One of the them was to kill a Frenchman who was working for the North Vietnamese as an interrogator. This individual was torturing American airmen who had been shot down and captured. One round from Carlos' modified Winchester Model 70 ended the Frenchman's career."

"In 1969, during his second tour of duty in Vietnam, Carlos was badly burned while rescuing fellow Marines from a burning Amtrack. The other Marines and Carlos had been riding in the vehicle when it ran over an anti-tank mine. Despite the severity of his wounds it would ultimately be the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that would bring Hathcock's extraordinary career to an end. In 1979 he was made to retire on 100% disability due to the advancing stages of the disease." Quotes from the link to grunt.com above.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: jpete On: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:33 pm

cokehead wrote:"As a result of his skill Sergeant Hathcock was twice recruited for covert assignments. One of the them was to kill a Frenchman who was working for the North Vietnamese as an interrogator. This individual was torturing American airmen who had been shot down and captured. One round from Carlos' modified Winchester Model 70 ended the Frenchman's career.".


Funny how our feelings on torture change depending on who's doing the torturing.....
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:36 pm

Holy Cats! It's good to see their names posted. Only knew of John Basilone's story from the History Channel. I do believe he received the CMH for his actions on Guadalcanal. I may be wrong. They said he requested to go back into combat from Stateside to be with "His beloved Marines" He was KIA on Iwo Jima. Had the Privelidge of meeting Sgt. Carlos Hathcock Sniper USMC many years ago at OGCA (Ohio Gun Collectors Association) Exhibit. He was and always will be an impressive man. Truly was a privelidge. My friend has a painting signed by him. Also had the privelidge to meet Joe Foss. He was a USMC Pilot flying fighters from Guadalcanal. I was a small boy with my Dad when I got to shake his hand in Cleveland Public Hall back in 1966 or 1967. I do believe he also received the CMH. Amazing Men !
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient for combat action in Vietnam in 1968 and one of the America's most highly decorated Soldiers, died Dec. 23 in Waco, Texas.

The 70-year-old Howard died in a hospice in Waco, according to a report in the San Antonio Express News today. The paper, quoting a longtime friend of Howard's, retired Sgt. Maj. Benito Guerrero, said Howard had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.




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Re: American Heros

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:34 pm

KLook wrote:Carter had some nerve???? Where?
Kevin


good point!

Carter was/is a Jellyfish (i.e .spineless invertebrate)

lets not mention his name with people like Truman or Ike or McArthur

BTW - Truman did the right thing when he dropped the bombs
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: Complete Heat On: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:18 pm

Captain Richard O'kane, Commander of the USS Tang (submarine) during WW2. It was the most decorated submarine during WW2- that man had balls the size of coconuts. His submarine was sunk by one of his own torpedoes that circled back. He was captured by the Japanese and almost died in captivity.
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Re: American Heros

PostBy: Complete Heat On: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:20 pm

Carlos Hathcock was anti-gun. Great shot though.
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