Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I know that it is the timing, as you know I am basically deaf. I seldom play a song on this computer but I received an e-mail from Smoky Coe. In it he had a thread to click the thread was "50,000".


Above is probably the right thread. I sat and cried as I looked at the pictures, of course I could not understand most of the words being sung.

I thought of my friends who were in Viet Nam,and came back. I cried thinking of 50,000+ soldiers, sailors, marines and coasties who never returned. I cried thinking what we accomplished. Life is cheap to some, as long as it is not theirs. Our Military said, "This is War, let us win", politicians said we cannot afford to upset some nations. The military said here are the targets we need to hit to win, the politicians said some of those are off limits. So the soldier follows orders.

I am definitely not against war when you have no choice. I am not against war when there is a good reason. I am not faulting the present wars we are in. I fault how they are handled, and what they are accomplishing.

I am just in a crying mood I guess, but life is so precious.
Thanks for coming this way.

Nite Shipslog


'Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.'
- Naval Ops Manual -
'Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.'
- Unknown Infantry Recruit-


~mel said...

I have yet another quote to share with you. This one was by Rita Schiano, Sweet Bitter Love

It goes:
Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.

Isn't that the truth!! I just love that quote.

So never be ashamed of your tears... unless you're a wuss in the kitchen and can't peel an onion without shedding them! HA! Just kidding... you know me... just trying to lighten the mood.

I know it's been a pretty hard week for you and Sherry both physically and emotionally and you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Try to get some rest.
{{HUGS}} Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Jack, thanks for sharing this with me. I was drafted into the Army in 1954, finished my basic and advanced training and at that point President Eisenhower was able to end that war. Being ten years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked I knew many who served in WWII. I guess Ike knew the problems with senseless wars and I thank God that he did. Knew many Vietnam vets and listened to their stories of their service.
Thank God for all of our serviceman and may he bless them.

PS thanks for your comments on my blog. Leg looks like it is beginning to heal.

Anonymous said...

Salt of life.
First impression which came to me mind. Wishing you a good Wednesday, and yes, a moving entry, which leaves one thinking, demanding.

Cher' Shots said...

I saw the 'traveling wall' in Fairbanks when I was still living in Alaska. It was a very emotional moment and now seeing pictures brings it all back as if I were standing there again. My husband served 20 years in the Air Force, we have this discussion quite often about wars and we totally agree with you. It's as if politicians are playing a board game, but it's costing human lives. War is WAR! love and 'hugs from afar'

Paula said...

Nothing wrong with being in a crying mood sometime. Thank you and all who have served our country past and present.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Let me hug y0u,i could understand h0w y0u feel-just like what you've said there are things we can't control that can 0nly bring stress to us... my watery wednesday

betty said...

I remember seeing the wall for the first time so many years ago.....so many brave people who gave their lives......such a "necessary" evil at times war is

sometimes it is good to cry to release emotions; starts sometimes the healing process with grief


Y said...

If more men would actually admit to their real emotions, I dare say we'd have less war. Thanks for your courage!

Lucy said...

Great post, Jack. We all have days like that and lately I have had many. Don't really know for sure.

Lindie said...

I cried today when I saw that a funeral was being held for a vet around the corner from where I live. The patriotic guard was there and there were flags everywhere. Last week the traveling wall was in Blue Springs and I got chills when I saw the parade of 600 motorcycles with each carrying a flag and a veteran that was guarding it through town. I saw the original wall many years ago in D.C.

Fred Alton said...

That's quite a deserving tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty!