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PerSwenson 11-12-2008 12:06 AM

My Father.
 
It is veterans day and I would like to share something.
Today, my Father was honored by the Governor of NJ.
Now, I call him the old geezer and I say it in jest.
But the truth of the matter is Bob was tenth mountain.
The originals.
He went from the boot to Switzerland and lost a lot of buddy's
But he made it home.
And today dammit we remember the friends we have lost.

NedYoung 11-12-2008 12:08 AM

Re: My Father.
 
Thank you Bob, for what you've done for all of us.

Ned

DanClark 11-12-2008 01:12 AM

Re: My Father.
 
Bob,

For you and all your comrades... :thumbsup2: :thumbsup2:

Regards,

Dan.
(USAF 1966-1970)

p.s. My father - Charlie Clark - joined the Army in 1929 and served in the 4th Calvary regiment at Fort Meade, South Dakota. The 4th Cav was the last horse regiment in the Army. He transferred to the Army Air Corp in 1938 and served in WWII and the Korean War in the Pacific, including an assignment as a flight line chief with Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers after they became the 14th Air Force in 1943. (I wish I knew more, but my pop was a tight-lipped bugger.)

colinwhite 11-12-2008 01:30 AM

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A big thanks for everyone who has served this country
A somber day for me to remember a few close comrades and above all friends who rest in the halls of Valhalla. I salute you all.

Poto 11-12-2008 03:26 AM

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Bob, I would salute you, except that it would be insulting, coming from someone who's never served. I'd sure love to hear some stories from your adventures, if you were ever interested in sharing.

Bob, and all the other men and women who have risked and given their lives for the ideal that is represented by their country: thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are very, very special people. We all owe you more than any of us could ever give.

PerSwenson 11-12-2008 04:59 AM

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Now we must repair the boys and girls from this latest conflict.

Wonderwino 11-12-2008 02:59 PM

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Bob, I appreciate your service with the 10th Mountain. My best friend's Uncle and my own Uncle both served in the 10th. Both have passed on. Pratt last week at 97; Huddleston 10 years ago at 73. Both wre "muleskinners."

Bow DownBow DownBow Down

BobSwenson 11-13-2008 02:53 PM

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Thanks guys on behalf of all the Vets

Wonderwino, how well I remember those mules. Ornery, stubborn, smart animals. We all had to learn how to pack them. Once you put blinders on them they stand still, you can then pack them up with supplies. Turned loose they would herd up and follow the muleskinner who rode a mare that had a cow bell. Never did know why that was but a whole herd of mules would would follow that skinner on the mare with a bell
I have a million mule storys, like the time they straped skis on one and sent him down the hill. We had one that went down on a patch of ice and would not get up, after a half an hour of trying I built a small fire next to his belly, that did the trick. Great riding if you could break them.
Bob :)

MichaelKellough 11-15-2008 03:08 AM

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Thank you for your service Bob, you've certainly been through a lot in your life. Do you plan to write about it?

Did you really have to deal with mules in the 40's?

PerSwenson 11-15-2008 08:29 AM

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Yes he did.
And getting info outta Bob is as if you got water from a stone.
One crazy quiet bastid.
But that's how they are.


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