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Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« on: May 24, 2009, 10:56:37 PM »
Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States.  Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day, instead viewing it as a paid day off from work as part of a long holiday weekend.  Some of us remember, and are grateful for the sacrifice.

"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."

Moina Michael



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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 11:18:06 PM »
For my buddy mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying. Hit my smoke, mate. We remember, always.


"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

Listed as KIA February 7, 1978

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In Memoriam:

2nd Lt. Cyril R. "Rick" Rescorla, Platoon Leader, B Co 2/7 Cav, call sign "Hard Core"


(photo by Peter Arnett that graces the cover of We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young)


Rick survived that 'Broken Arrow' in the Ia Drang Valley, November 1965, only to face another hell in New York City on September 11, 2001.  In charge of Morgan Stanley security, he was advised by Port Authority police that there was no need to panic when the first tower was hit.  "Bugger that" he said, and he began the orderly evacuation of the 2,700 employees on 22 floors of WTC 2 and another 2,000 in WTC 5.  He had most of them out to safety by the time the second plane hit.  Then, he went back into the South Tower one last time to search for stragglers, and was last seen in the 10th floor stairwell as the tower collapsed on him.  To date, no trace has been found of the body of Rick Rescorla.  Nearly 3,000 people died in those two buildings, but only six Morgan Stanley employees, Rick included, were among them.   He saved thousands of lives, and in the process gave up his own.

Survivors recall Rick, a native of Cornwall, singing through his bullhorn as he worked his way floor by floor ... Cornish and Welsh mining tunes, British army songs from the Zulu Wars, God Bless America.

Rick Rescorla earned a Silver Star for his actions at LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany in Ia Drang.  In 1966, he became an American citizen.


"His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world 'This was a man!'"

William Shakespeare (Jul.Caesar, Act v, Sc.5)

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In Memoriam:

David Hugh Holmes
O3/US Air Force
(Promoted to O5 while in Missing status)

Date of Loss: 15 March 1966

Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 164548N 1060821E (XD214536)
Map:  http://taskforceomegainc.org/h059k.htm

Status: Missing In Action

Captain David Holmes was flying FAC on an O1E "Bird Dog" aircraft on the east side of the Se Nam Kok River Valley, approximately 11 miles northwest of Tchepone, Savannakhet Province, Laos, in the operational area code named "ECHO" on March 15, 1966. His radio call sign was "Hound Dog 54" on this "Tiger Hound" operation. Holmes was flying over a large concentration of NVA toops maintaining a truck park along the Ho Chi Minh Trail when his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire from at least one of the 6 gun emplacements and crashed into the foliage on the east side of the Se Nam Kok River valley about 300 meters from the village of Ban Keng Khan Kao.

Another FAC O1E, call sign "Hound Dog 50", was dispatched immediately and observed Holmes, apparently unconscious, sitting in the cockpit of his plane. Hound Dog 50 also observed the OV-1 Mohawk flown by Michel Nash and Glenn McElroy enter the line of enemy fire on the west side of the valley. The OV-1 was shot down with Nash and McElroy aboard.

A flight of F-4 Phantoms, call sign "Oxwood 95," and A1E Skyraiders were called into the battle area because of the enemy troops and gun emplacements. They continuously bombed and strafed the area for 4 to 5 hours that afternoon. Because of the constant hostile threat in the area, no ground inspection of either crash site was possible. While the fighters kept enemy troops occupied, numerous photo runs and SAR missions were flown over the wreckage searching for any sign of the downed crew.

On March 16, a search team was inserted into the Se Nam Kok River Valley, went to the crash site of David Holmes' O1E and found the plane empty. Their report states that he was either removed from the plane or left under his own power. URC-10 emergency radio signals were heard four times in the next 6 days, but it was believed the signals were initiated by enemy troops trying to sucker in rescue forces because voice contact could not be established. Holmes, Nash and McElroy all had URC-10 radios.

Just over 20 years from the day the two aircraft went down, U.S. teams had the opportunity to examine and excavate the crash site of Nash and McElroy's OV1A. There was no shred of evidence that anyone died in the aircraft. No human remains or bone fragments were found.

Capt. Holmes is among the nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos. Many of these men were known to be alive on the ground. The Laotians admitted holding American Prisoners of War, but these men were never negotiated for either by direct negotiations between our countries or through the Paris Peace Accords which ended the Vietnam War since the Laotians were not a party to that agreement.

Pilots and aircrews in Vietnam and Laos were called upon to fly in many dangerous circumstances, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.

Lieutenant Colonel David Hugh Holmes was 40 years old and was married.

LTC Holmes is honored on panel 6E, row 10 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009, 01:38:32 AM »
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For my buddy mitch, the Phantom Phixer, who kept the F4s flying. Hit my smoke, mate. We remember, always.

I'm so glad you post this, Winchester.  I can still hear my daughter running into the kitchen telling me, "Mommy, Mommy, 'Cron-keet' is on" and I would join her and her father in the living room to hear the latest casualty reports from Viet Nam.  



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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2009, 05:32:00 AM »
Winchester73,

It was good of you to consider the International nature of this site and select an ex-Brit for one of your remembrances. We should take the opportunity of stopping to think of all our fallen heroes.

http://american-valor.com/military-tribute/a-town-weeps-for-her-fallen/
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2009, 06:47:28 AM »

                      

      IN HONOR OF AND WITH RESPECT TO ALL WHO HAVE FALLEN IN SERVICE TO AMERICA    
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009, 10:55:48 AM »


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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2009, 03:31:31 PM »
many thanks to all who have served, to those who have fallen and to their families.
thanks for keeping our country safe, and the sacrifices of the families.

how silly of me, the name, phantom phixer.  i didn't "get it" until now, phantom phixer, he who fixes f4's.  duh.  and i thot it had something to do with being a ghost against malware...

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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2009, 03:15:53 AM »
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009, 09:31:58 PM »
a picture of the f4's phantom...  thx, niecarrah

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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2009, 12:05:45 AM »
I was out last night with 7 of my buddies, all of us retired military, to remember those who had gone before us and to pay homage to those of them still serving.

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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2009
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2009, 08:51:20 PM »
I was out last night with 7 of my buddies, all of us retired military, to remember those who had gone before us and to pay homage to those of them still serving.

There's nothing like a good run ashore to remember those left behind, I'm sure that you did them proud!  :hammy:
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