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Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« on: May 31, 2010, 12:27:26 AM »
Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States.  Freedom is not free.  All gave some, some gave all.

Honor and remember those who paid the ultimate price, and be grateful for their sacrifice.



Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

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,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.


We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, November 1918
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 12:38:42 AM »
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



Shot down March 24, 1970 while trying to rescue 8 members of a MACV-SOG LRRP team (RT Pennsylvania) 14 miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province.  "You take them in - you get them out!".

RT Pennsylvania had declared a "Prairie Fire", and Mike O'Donnell made the hot extraction alone.  Followed by a Cobra gunship, he dropped down between the canyon walls, slowed and hovered over his comrades.   He waited at a hover while the team of 3 Americans and 5 Montagnard commandos scrambled through the dense undergrowth toward his helicopter.   After roughly 4 minutes on the ground (an eternity under the circumstances), Mike O'Donnell started to pull up and away from the LZ.  At an altitude of approximately 100 feet above the ground, he reported "I've got all eight, I'm coming out".

Michael O'Donnell was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on March 24, 1970. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart following his loss incident.

Listed as KIA February 7, 1978 (Presumptive Finding of Death).  Remains repatriated on April 12, 1995.  Came home to Arlington National Cemetery on August 16, 2001.


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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 12:59:35 AM »
As always, a beautiful tribute.  Thank you, Win73.  :rose:


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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2010, 01:58:05 PM »
If I may intrude with a plug for the Brits, our Armed forces day is June 26, 2010:

http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/About.aspx
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2010, 04:08:20 PM »
Thank God for our brave military Heroes.
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Re: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) 2010
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2010, 07:16:49 PM »


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