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Apr 2, 2010 By Pfc. Brian Glass, 4th IBCT, 10th Mountain Division
FORT POLK, La. -- FORT POLK, La. - Infantry Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gave back to Fort Polk area communities when they helped perform handy-man work at local retirement homes March 18.
The "Patriot Brigade" Soldiers were from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. Although they already volunteered to serve their country in time of war, they put military training aside for a day to help some of the citizens they serve.
Tasks included cleaning storage sheds, folding linens, picking weeds, clearing leaves and laying down mulch.
"It was good to help out the community," said Pvt. John Barton. "It gives the community a better impression of what the Army does."
Barton and the rest of the Soldiers from 2nd Platoon helped the Rosepine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center. The center's director, Jeff Johnson, appreciated the Soldiers' hard work.
"They helped us get things done in the facility," said Johnson. "They cleaned in the linen closets (and) sheds (and even mowed) ... the grass. We really appreciate them coming out."
Other Soldiers from Co B provided assistance to DeRidder Retirement Home and Westwood Manor in DeRidder, La. Helping and giving back to local communities is something the Blackhawk Soldiers strive to do. Building relationships with leaders and citizens in surrounding towns and cities is something Patriot Brigade leaders want their Soldiers to experience, both at home and when they deploy.
"It is rewarding to reach out and help the local communities; to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty to help out," said Capt. Brian Burns, commander, Co B, 2nd Bn, 4th Inf Reg.
Burns said the assistance his Soldiers give through performing community service at Fort Polk teaches them valuable lessons. What the Soldiers learn through serving surrounding communities will help Burns instill the mindset of how he wants Soldiers to work while the unit is deployed to Afghanistan.
"We're setting the tone for Afghanistan," said Burns. "We want to make it better for the locals there as well (as the local residents here)."
Soldiers also took time to talk with local veterans who live in the retirement homes they visited. Veterans accompanied Soldiers to Westwood Park in DeRidder where they shared stories, and the Blackhawk Soldiers presented the veterans medallions honoring their past accomplishments.
"I had an amazing time," said Delmier Burks, veteran and Rosepine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center resident. "I enjoyed it. It brought back memories."
Burks, who was drafted into the Army and fought during World War II, said he respects the Soldiers of today for volunteering knowing they will be going to war.
"I think it's amazing to think that much about their country," said Burks. "We all appreciate their service."
Burns said giving Soldiers a chance to appreciate and respect the lives of those who fought before them gives them a better knowledge of the past and how things have changed.
"We wanted to give back to those who paved the way (for us today)," Burns said. "It gives us a sense of what it was like (then) and puts things into perspective.
"We plan to go into the local communities more. We want to help young people and give them someone to look up to."
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Through the years, the Fourth Regiment fought in the war of 1812, the Seminole War, The War with Mexico, and the Pig War on San Juan Island in 1859. During the War of the Rebellion, the regiment was part of the Army of The Potomac and fought in the battles of the Peninsula, Malvern Hill, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Hard times require hard men, and in July of 1863, the Fourth Regiment was ordered to New York City in the aftermath of the New York Draft Riots. In February, 1864 the regiment rejoined the Union forces in the field and fought in the battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, and Petersburg. Following the Petersburg battle, and numbering less that 150 men, the Fourth Regiment were ordered to head quarters as guard for General Grant.
The modern H Company, Fourth Regiment, was organized in 1985, and joined the National Regiment in 1992. In addition, we are proud members of Sykes' Regulars, Inc. The current members are proud to honor the men of the
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WHAT IS AN AMERICAN
BY AUTHOR UNKNOWN
You probably missed it in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper there an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So I just thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they would know when they found one.
An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab or Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage,
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more
An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the
government, or to armed thugs claiming speak for the government and for God.
An American is from the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can
be found in the
woman to the pursuit of happiness.
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their
time of need. When
and supplies to enable the people to win back their country. As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.
An American does not have to obey the mad ravings of ignorant, ungodly, cruel, old men! American men
will not be fooled into giving up their lives to kill innocent people, so that these foolish old men may hold
on to power. American women are free to show their beautiful faces to the world, as each of them choose.
An American is free to criticize his government's officials when they are wrong, in his or her own opinion.
Then he is free to replace them, by majority vote. Americans welcome people from all lands, all cultures,
all religions, because they are not afraid. They are not afraid that their history, their religion, their beliefs,
will be overrun, or forgotten. That is because they know they are free to hold to their religion, their beliefs,
their history, as each of them choose.
And just as Americans welcome all, they enjoy the best that everyone has to bring, from all over the world.
The best science, the best technology, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best athletes. Americans welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. The
America welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless,
tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Many of them were working in the twin
towers on the morning of September 11, earning a better life for their families.
So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did
Tse-Tung, and every bloodthirsty tyrant in the history of the world. But in doing so you would just be
killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the
embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
So look around you. You may find more Americans in your land than you thought were there. One day they
will rise up and overthrow the old, ignorant, tired tyrants that trouble too many lands. Then those lands too will join the community of free and prosperous nations. And America will welcome them!
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The Military Wife
The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into His sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared.
She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"
The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order. She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four, or forty with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move to a new location ten times in seventeen years. And, oh yes, she must have six pairs of hands!" He said.The angel shook her head, "Six pairs of hands? No way."
The Lord continued, "Don't worry, I will make other military wives to help her. And I will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husband's achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I understand' when she doesn't and say 'I love you', regardless."
"Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently, "Go to bed and get some rest.You can finish this tomorrow."
"I can't stop now," said the Lord. "I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband from a pier, a runway or a depot, and understand why it's important that he leave."
The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed, "It looks fine, but it's too soft."
"She might look soft," replied the Lord. "But she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure."
Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak," she announced. "Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked You are trying to put too much into this model." The angel said.
The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," He said. "It's a tear."
"A tear?" What is it there for?" asked the angel.
The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear." "You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel.
The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there."
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The amphibious dock landing ship Pre-Commissioning Unit New York transits New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty in New York, Nov. 2, 2009. The ship has 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow and will be commissioned Nov. 7 in the city.
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The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were
Many Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were
Veteran rallies take place in many states, such as Wisconsin, in the United States on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action. National POW/MIA Recognition Day posters are also displayed at college or university campuses and public buildings to promote the day. Remembrance ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.
There are 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department's POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, as of April 2009. The number of United States personnel accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 841. About 90 percent of the 1,741 people still missing were lost in Vietnam or areas of
The United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. It was observed on the same date in 1980 and was held on July 17 in 1981 and 1982. It was then observed on April 9 in 1983 and July 20 in 1984. The event was observed on July 19 in 1985, and then from 1986 onwards the date moved to the third Friday of September. The United States president each year proclaims National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Many states in the USA also proclaim POW/MIA Recognition Day together with the national effort.
The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Newt Heisley designed the flag. The flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr Heisley’s son, who was medically discharged from the military. As Mr Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag's design was created in his mind.
The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.
The flag can also be displayed on
Creator of POW/MIA Flag Dies At 88
The creator of the well-known American POW/MIA flag has died. Newt Heisley was 88 years old.
His family tells 11 news Heisley died peacefully at his Colorado Springs home on Thursday.
Heisley designed the flag in 1971. Many say it is now the second most recognized banner in the country next
Heisley was a pilot in
He later worked for a number of successful advertising companies in New York, before moving to Colorado Springs in the early 1970’s.In 2005, Heisley told The American Legion Magazine that he made no money off reproductions of the flag. "I didn't get anything, and I don't want anything," he said. "I'm only thinking of the POWs and MIAs. They're not forgotten. That's the main thing."
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We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services. I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.
Company of the , part of the 101st
Airborne Infantry. If you've seen on HBO or the
episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.
Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 ." at which point my heart skipped.
At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into
I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what
D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into
Holland, into Arnhem ." I was standing with a genuine war hero.
and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.
I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France , and he said
"Yes. And it's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are
left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart
was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.
I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.
He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it.
And mine are brimming up now as I write this.
Shifty died on June 17, 2009 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.
No big event in Staples Center.
No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.
Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know.
Especially to the veterans.
Rest in peace, Shifty.
Medal of Honor awarded
November 20, 2009Army News Service Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14.
Millett, 88, died in Loma Linda, Calif., last weekend after serving for more than 15 years as the honorary colonel of the 27th Infantry Regiment Association.
Millet received the Medal of Honor for his actions Feb. 7, 1951. He led Company E, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division in a bayonet charge up Hill 180 near Soam-Ni, Korea.
A captain at the time, Millet was leading his company in an attack against a strongly held position when he noticed that a platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire.
Millett placed himself at the head of two other platoons, ordered fixed bayonets, and led an assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge, Millett bayoneted two enemy soldiers and continued on,throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement, according to his Medal of Honor citation.
"Despite vicious opposing fire, the whirlwind hand-to-hand assault carried to the crest of the hill," the citation states. "His dauntless leadership and personal courage so inspired his men that they stormed into the hostile position and used their bayonets with such lethal effect that the enemy fled in wild disorder."
During the attack, Millett was wounded by grenade fragments but refused evacuation until the objective was firmly secured. Here covered, and after the war went to attend Ranger School.
In the 1960s he ran the 101st Airborne Division Recon School, for reconnaissance-commando training, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Then he served in a number of special operations advisory assignments in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He founded the Royal Thai Army Ranger School with help of the 46th Special Forces Company. This unit is reportedly the only one in the U.S.Army to ever simultaneously be designated as both Ranger and Special Forces.
Millet retired from the Army in 1973.
"I was very saddened to hear Col. Millett passed away," said Maj.Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the current commanding general of the 25thInfantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. "He was a rare breed,a true patriot who never stopped serving his country. He was a role model for thousands of Soldiers and he will be missed."
Millet was born in Maine and first enlisted in 1940 in the Army Air Corps and served as a gunner. Soon after, when it appeared that the U.S. would not enter World War II, he left and joined the Canadian Army.
In 1942, while Millet was serving in London, the United States entered the war. Millet turned himself into the U.S. Embassy there. He was eventually assigned to the 1st Armored Division. As an antitank gunner in Tunisia, Millet earned the Silver Star after he jumped into a burning half track filled with ammunition, drove it away from allied soldiers and jumped to safety just before the vehicle exploded. He later shot down a German fighter plane with a vehicle-mounted machine gun.
As a sergeant serving in Italy during the war, his desertion to join the Canadian forces caught up to him. He was court-martialed, fined $52 and denied leave. A few weeks later he was awarded a battlefield commission. After the war, he joined the 103rd Infantry of the Maine National Guard, and attended college, until he was called back to active duty in 1949.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Millett earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit and four Purple Hearts during his 35-year military career. After his retirement, he remained active in both national and local veterans groups from hisIdyllwild, Calif., home.
His son, Staff Sgt John Morton Millett, was a member of the 101stAirborne Division returning from duty in the Sinaii Dec. 12, 1985, when a charter plane crashed upon takeoff after stopping at Gander, Newfoundland. He was one of 256 Soldiers killed in the crash.
On Feb. 7, 1994, retired Col. Millet was honored with a ceremony on Hill 180, now located on Osan Air Base, South Korea. The ceremony became an annual one and the road running up the hill was named "Millet Road."
In June 2000, Millet returned to Seoul, South Korea, and served as key note speaker at the Army's 225th Birthday Ball at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. All eight of the then-living Korean War Medal of Honor recipients attended the event.
This year, Millet served as the grand marshal of a Salute to Veterans parade, April 21 in Riverside, Calif. He died Nov. 14 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., of congestive heart failure.
A memorial service for Millet is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the National Medal of Honor Memorial, Riverside National Cemetery in California.
A lesson that should be taught in all schools and colleges!
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks.
'Ms. Cothren, where's our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.' 'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. By early Afternoon, television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and,as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story.
Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U.S. Veterans.
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