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Memorial Day 2013
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:17:15 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.

"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

Mike was shot down a few short months later, on March 24, 1970.  He was attempting to extract 8 members of MACV-SOG LRRP RT Pennsylvania, 14 miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province, after they declared a Prairie Fire.  "You take them in - you get them out!".

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 2013
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 12:56:49 AM »
At 107 years old, I think this WWII Veteran deserves special attention:  Richard Arvine Overton, 107, oldest living veteran, will enjoy cigar and whiskey on Memorial Day

Seventy-one years ago, Army man Richard Arvine Overton was fighting for his country in the South Pacific. Now, at 107, the Austin, Texas, resident is reported to be the oldest living veteran in the United States, and his plans for Memorial Day include porching it with a cigar — he smokes up to 12 a day — and a morning mug of whiskey-laced coffee

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