“Duty, Honor, Sacrifice”

February 8, 2010

This poem was found at the following website, written in 1985 by Terry Sater and featured in the book “DUTY, HONOR, SACRIFICE” written by Ralph Christopher.“duty-honor-sacrifice”/

She said, “Why not forget it? It happened so long ago.”

The deepest wounds, cut to the heart, will always heal slow.

The nightmare of the Mekong, of death, despair and fear,

Could not be left in Vietnam, its fresh, its crisp, its here.

My body’s strong. My mind is sound. I suffer from no pain.

But once a man has been to war, he’s never quite the same.

For I know war for what it is, no glory in the fight.

It’s friends who die, and crippled kids, and voices crying in the night.

I know the chill of monsoon rain, the heat of tropic sun.

For some it never happened, and most will never know,

Except for those who fought the war. It happened long ago.

Dustin Evans - If I Die Before You Wake

February 8, 2010

This is song was written by Dustin Evans, Rick Tiger, and Dave Brainard. Dustin Evans is the vocalist and the Good Times Band are the musicians. In Dustin’s words, “The song came from a good place, it is our way of paying tribute to our brave soldiers and the sacrifices their families are making”. Click below to play the song.

Dustin Evans – If I Die Before You Wake

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Talking with Heroes

February 8, 2010

Talking With Heroes is a talk show for Military men and women, support groups, Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families and Supporters of the Troops. For and about the military, the show is not political. Visit the link below to listen to their talk show online.

You can also click below to listen to the latest episode.

The Story of the Four Immortal Chaplains

February 8, 2010

The Story of the Four Immortal Chaplains

A convoy of three ships and three escorting Coast Guard cutters passed through “torpedo alley” some 100 miles off the coast of Greenland at about 1 a.m. on February 3, 1943. The submarine U-223 fired three torpedoes, one of which hit the midsection of the Dorchester, a U.S. Army troopship with more than 900 men on board. Ammonia and oil were everywhere in the fast-sinking vessel and upon the freezing sea.

The four Chaplains on board, two Protestant pastors, a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi, were among the first on deck, calming the men and handing out life jackets. When they ran out, they took off their own and placed them on waiting soldiers without regard to faith or race. Approximately 18 minutes from the explosion, the ship went down. They were the last to be seen by witnesses; they were standing arm-in-arm on the hull of the ship, each praying in his own way for the care of the men. Almost 700 died, making it the third largest loss at sea of its kind for the United States during World War II. The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was able to escort the other freighters to Greenland. Meanwhile the cutters Comanche and Escanaba, disobeying orders to continue the search for the German U-Boat, stopped to rescue 230 men from the frigid waters that night.

The four Chaplains were Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist). These four Chaplains were later honored by the Congress and Presidents. They were recognized for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith. According to the First Sergeant on the ship, “They were always together, they carried their faith together.” They demonstrated throughout the voyage and in their last moments, interfaith compassion in their relationship with the men and with each other. In 1960 Congress created a special Congressional Medal of Valor, never to be repeated again, and gave it to the next of kin of the “Immortal Chaplains.”

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The Atomic Testing Museum WTC I-Beam Dedication

January 18, 2010

The Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas preserves and presents information and exhibits that describe the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development and Testing Programs at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) from 1950 until 1992, and the resultant effect on U.S. Policy and Nevada economy over those years. Since its dedication and opening in 2005, the Museum has had 300,000 visitors. Of those, more than 50,000 have been students from schools in Southern Nevada ranging from 5th Grade to University level.

The Atomic Testing Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Currently, the final exhibit is a large piece of the Berlin Wall, exemplifying the role the NTS played in winning the Cold War with the Soviet Union. For many months, an adjacent exhibit was an I-beam from the World Trade Center, which portrayed the fact that although the Cold War had ended, the U.S. is engaged in another kind of War, and that the NTS was the bridge from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. The I-beam was on loan from the Smithsonian through their Affiliate program and was returned to them last year. The Museum has just been given two artifacts in the form of an I-beam and a fragment of sheet metal from the World Trade Center. These items were obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. One of those items will go back into the permanent display, next to the piece of the Berlin Wall. The other, much larger I-beam will go on permanent display in the Museum in a manner that allows visitors to both touch and photograph the exhibit.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at 1pm, a large I-beam section of the World Trade Center will be dedicated by Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, at the Atomic Testing Museum, joined by our Congressional delegates, Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, representatives of the Clark County Fire Department and NTS Fire Chief Charles Fauerbach, Colonel Howard D. Belote, Commander of Nellis AFB, and representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Nevada Test Site. Mr. Lee Ielpi and Mr. Fred Sager of the World Trade Center Tribute Foundation will give a multi-media presentation on the events of September 11, 2001. The lecture portion of the event will be open to the public and donations will be taken at the door. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held to celebrate the addition of the I-beams to the Museum collection and to recognize the continuing role and the many ways in which Nevada plays an important role in the War on Terrorism

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