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Yesterday my fellow Legionnaires gathered to celebrate the 99th Birthday of our hero, Howard B.

He was awarded three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart which he finally received at his birthday party as we all witnessed with pride and thanks for his heroism during his time in service in WWII and later on during the Korean war.

With a flamethrower strapped on his back as he ran up on the beach and did his duty, a 20 year-old kid did manly things.

Thank you for your service Cpl. Bentley!

Then, as we sat there commiserating with each other, someone invoked the President's came and you would have thought the President had stabbed them in their backs!

I don't know what caused them to utter some pretty vulgar explitives; something to do with something he said or did during the ARMY-NAVY game, so if anyone can clue me in, I'd appreciate it.

I thought at least some of these veterans had some respect for the President because they sure didn't like the previous one, either.

Gr8rtst.

*I must admit to an error in relating Howard's heroic actions.

I did confuse Howard using a flamethrower- he was carrying a machine gun.

I confused another MOH recipient, "Woody" Hershel Williams who used a flamethrower to fulfill his heroic deeds. Mr. Williams is spearheading the building of Gold Star Families memorials around the country, an he had visited our Legion hall a couple of years ago.

My apologies for being in error.

Regardless, being in the presence of such truly heroic men is humbling.

I'm certain Howard would forgive my cloudy memory.
 

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Wow!

Thanks for your service sir!

As for our present President , you can say he is fair game for everybody!

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That Gentleman is a true Hero.

As for the folks bad mouthing Trump, I just don't know. Maybe they want to give up their cars, pay out almost all their income in taxes until they lose everything they own and live under a Socialist regime. Go figure.
 

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I was taken aback by their negative comments about the President.

I mean, they were really ticked off.

So, I told them not to worry, just vote Democrat in 2020.

You could have heard a pin drop.

I still don't know what they were pissed about.

Gr8rtst.
 

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I've never been able to figure out just what President Trump has done that is so bad.
He crushed Hillary, that's what he did! She was the next "annointed one", the "heir to the throne". But somehow, our votes actually counted and their "fix" didn't work. They can't crucify all of US, so they have to attack Trump because "HE MUST HAVE CHEATED SOMEHOW!!!!"
 

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Trump never served in the Military. Got it!

Neither did Hitlery...

Trump did attend a Military academy in High School, he knows the ethos. Hitlery didn't, and doesn't (or at least care about it).

Happy birthday, Howard B.!!!

Trump honors our military - he understands the ethos and sacrifice. Hitlery disdains the military.

Those vets who love Hitlery need to get an Alzheimers check. I know that is rude (have a family member who died from it - a USNA grad), but Hitlery is about as anti-military as one could imagine, and that should be no surprise.
 

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Last I could dig up was that the President said something about allowing cadets to play ball for a certain amount of time before they were required to do their time in service, but they still had to serve.

I'm not certain I've got it.

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I've never been able to figure out just what President Trump has done that is so bad.
He has the confidence of his convictions and that intimidates alot of men who aren't as secure in themselves, or believe enough of themselves.

Just a guess.

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Last I could dig up was that the President said something about allowing cadets to play ball for a certain amount of time before they were required to do their time in service, but they still had to serve.

I'm not certain I've got it.

Gr8rtst.
Not a big fan of that, but it is a mere distraction from the greater good, IMHO.
The military academies have wavered between their core function and athletics for decades. Athletics is but one outlier. If I - as a taxpayer - am going to fund a cadet (or any other) through four years of very expensive education, I would certainly want to reap my investment. Used to be, a Military Academy was focused on grooming Military leaders. Then it was "leaders" of our nation. Athletics should have been a secondary interest. I'm not keen on Several aspects the military academies have leaned toward of late, and pro-football is one of them. We recruit and pay for a very decent education to develop military leaders - not professional football players.

My brief stint as a USMA cadet almost disgusted me following my several years in ROTC (I had earned my commission before entering the USMA). The mantra - back in '76 - was "nine more years and we'll be free" (four years at West Pont and five years' obligatory service). It wasn't about serving our nation; it was about a free education and the contractual obligation of five years after that. It was a tough time for me, as Dad was a '41 USMA grad and loved the institution from his time there as a cadet and as an instructor later on. It had changed. dramatically. I loved the Army and never changed my mind that I wanted to make it a career. I resigned, and took my commission later - from ROTC. It was sad I was so disillusioned with Dad's Alma Mater - an institution he so loved (and is buried there). I served 22+ years with distinction, and seldom regretted my decision to resign - even though Dad thought I would. The upperclassmen of the class of '76 that I was in contact with were not ones I respected. By the time I entered active duty, most were on their way out, which was a good thing for the Army. After all these years, I still remember my "squad leader's" name. Bizarre, but West Point did that to ya...
 
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