Thank you to them. 21 replies

Please wait...

Hellknight1993

I don't spend enough time here

50 XP

11th May 2009

0 Uploads

4,137 Posts

0 Threads

#1 11 years ago
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either. mill1.jpg He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away
He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155 mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenadelauncher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. mill2.jpg He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other.
He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
he sometimes forgets to brush his teeth,
but never to clean his rifle. [COLOR=black]He can cook his own meals, [/COLOR] mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.
He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have
in his short lifetime.
mill3.jpg He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention,
while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him
who haven't bothered to stand,
remove their hat, or even stop talking.
In an odd twist, day in and day out,
far from home,
he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather,
and Great-grandfather,
he is paying the price for our freedom . Beardless or not, he is not a boy.
[COLOR=black]He is your own[/COLOR] Fighting Man
that has kept the world free
for over 200 years
mill4.jpg
He has asked nothing in return,

except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always,
for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition [COLOR=black]of going to War [/COLOR] when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets . mill5.jpg
dday2.jpg
June 1944.
This isnt a pro-war thread! Just a big thanks to our service men and woman, past and future! Thanks. :)



MrFancypants Forum Admin

The Bad

216,963 XP

7th December 2003

0 Uploads

20,002 Posts

6 Threads

#2 11 years ago

:moved: to General Discussion :)




AlDaja

SFC III Troubleshooter.

50 XP

5th September 2006

0 Uploads

11,263 Posts

0 Threads

#3 11 years ago

I’ve read this or a version of it somewhere before. Thanks. When people ask about my son. I hope he never has to fight and die in a foreign war or an unjust one. But if the cause is just and it means keeping the torch of freedom lit for one more day for us or those who’s torch has gone out, I’d rather him die a man than a coward under the boot of tyranny. :salute:




Hellknight1993

I don't spend enough time here

50 XP

11th May 2009

0 Uploads

4,137 Posts

0 Threads

#4 11 years ago

Yep, cheers AL D. :) All the best mate .




Marine Sniper15

Silent Warrior

50 XP

20th November 2005

0 Uploads

642 Posts

0 Threads

#5 11 years ago

I liked that a lot. A lot of it is true for most of the soldiers fighting over there. Support the troops!!




Hellknight1993

I don't spend enough time here

50 XP

11th May 2009

0 Uploads

4,137 Posts

0 Threads

#6 11 years ago

Cheers Snipe. Keep strong bro. :)




Flodgy

I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)

50 XP

27th May 2004

0 Uploads

6,034 Posts

0 Threads

#7 11 years ago

Good one B@SE!

Not much else I can say, but it's all true. They may be fighting in a war many call unjust or wrong, but they are doing their part for their country. And in the end we elected the top shot who sends them there.

Don't anyone dare turn anything political from that.




Hellknight1993

I don't spend enough time here

50 XP

11th May 2009

0 Uploads

4,137 Posts

0 Threads

#8 11 years ago

Cheers Milo. Good to see ya visit digger. :)




Guest

I didn't make it!

0 XP

 
#9 11 years ago

WOW nice thread dude! Very touching. Trust you to make it. Thanx again. :)




Shintsu

For the glory of Helghan

50 XP

9th April 2005

0 Uploads

12,926 Posts

0 Threads

#10 11 years ago

That was sent around in an email or something, I've seen it in my inbox before. The very first part about being 19 made me think of the Paul Hardcastle song 19. Anyway, thumbs up to the armed forces!