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Have you or a family member served in the military?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
94% 634
No
 
5% 36
Yes, in the future
 
0% 2
Total 672

Comments

pure_republication 3 years, 1 month ago

Semper Fi to all who have and are currently serving our great America! I am proud to be one of you! God's blessing on each of you and on your families! May you prosper as your soul prospers!

blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month ago

Anchors Aweigh! My father, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, sister and myself. Members back to Pre-Revolutionary War. Happy Veterans Day

rockchalker52 3 years, 1 month ago

Army Strong! Served 3 years in the early 70's. Proud to have served in the same organization as the brave men & women of today's army. May there be peace for all of them soon.

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 1 month ago

Great, great grandfather fought in the Civil War at Vicksburg. He was from the Ilinois regiment. Father served in the Navy Pacific Theatre. The reinactment of the battle of Vicksburg will take place in May 2013. My brother will be part of it in full Union dress.

Eric Dawson 3 years ago

No, it's not odd at all, especially since noncombatants are not the target of our military.

It's not a nice world out there, and someone has to do what needs to be done when ordered by our leaders to do so. Every effort is made to not inflict harm on the innocent. Sometimes, unfortunately, it happens. Sometimes, as in civilian life, there are criminal acts committed by soldiers. As in civilian life, they are the exception, not the rule, and they eventually pay for their crimes.

Clearly you are not one of those willing to serve, and that is your choice. I am glad that you -- and Fred Reed -- appreciate and exercise the rights afforded all citizens by the Constitution that the men and women of the Army -- and all the Uniformed Services -- vow to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

But don't even begin to pretend you have a clue from which to make a valid, cogent comment on this subject. Your words inform us otherwise.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

About 1% serve. I guess the other 93%(abov e) know someone who has or is.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

You have to remember that not everyone here is a college age student. In my age group there was the draft. Most of us are grandparents now, but would probably still be considered part of the family. Most of us had parents who fought WWII. Actually at that time everyone fought the war on the front or at home. Nowadays, people just put a Support the Troops" bumper sticker on one side of their car, and an anti-tax sticker on the other side. Do they think wars are fought for free? If you asked US citizens to sacrifice nowadays, it just wouldn't happen.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

I don't understand your comment.

All in my family are veterans. I do acknowledge the sacrifices of the veteran’s immediate family.

In WWII the home front sacrificed in part. They also make a lot of money in war related jobs. Since then not so much sacrifice.

There was a study done a number of years after the end of the Vietnam War. The number of people claiming to be veterans exceeded the actual tally by a multiple of three. Since then I am suspicious of self-proclaimed veterans.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

Of course, they didn't have much to spend that money on. Can you imagine telling people nowadays that they can only buy 1 pair of shoes per year? Can you imagine what would happen if you tried to ration food? If it were the German Nazis, like in the '40's, much of this country would be clamoring for German lessons, rather than be told they can't have everything they want.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm your age. But your picture is facinating.

lepchun 3 years, 1 month ago

My oldest daughter and youngest son both are serving. My youngest is overseas until next year. I am great to all who serve. May we salute you.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

First Team! I was in the 1st Cavalry Div in the last 70s.

tbaker 3 years, 1 month ago

Liberty – By posting this link, I must assume this means you also share the author’s belief that the behavior of soldiers is akin to that of feral dogs, that they are nothing more than a nationally certified hit-man, perfectly amoral, that our soldiers do not make sacrifices, and that they are duped into serving and would flee the battlefield at the first opportunity.

Ordinarily, you would disgust and anger me, but it’s is clear you don’t understand service to the nation, or the profession of arms and the people who are part of it. Perhaps you were rejected from serving and now carry a hateful grudge owed to some defect you couldn’t conceal while attempting to enlist? You most definitely demonstrate a complete illiteracy of the nature of conflict, most especially those our country is involved in. Your rank ignorance should make you a figure of fun for the vets on this blog. To me however, it makes you an object of pity. I feel sorry for you Liberty.

I am proud of the fact our veterans, past and present, will ensure you can live out the rest of your days free to spew your baseless tripe, without ever being forced to realize how completely clueless you actually are. You see the veterans you abhor protect and defend all the viewpoints, especially the most oblivious because they are usually in the most need of assistance. So spew away Liberty. We'll be there when you need us.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

Grow up. The military carries out national policy. Elected officials establish it. What was done to our Native Americans is retrospectively hard to accept but the policy the troopers followed they did not set.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. I take that as a compliment at my age.

Abdu Omar 3 years, 1 month ago

My grandfather received his American Citizenship on the field of battle so he could be commissioned as a 2nd Lt in WWI. My father was a navigator during WWII in the Marine Corps and was a very proud to be a Marine. It dictated the rest of his life by being a man who had the gentle firm touch of a good leader. I was proud to serve in the Vietnam Era as an Intel Officer who assisted in the debriefing of the Pueblo Crew in South Korea in 1969 and was awarded a Presidential Citation. Three generations of my family, all Muslims from America, fought for America and are proud to be Americans. On this day, I look back at my service and even though I was not stationed in Vietnam or received honors for that, I am a wounded soldier to find that the wars we fought, whether we won or lost, have not been understood or honored by those American whose liberty still remain intact. Every man or woman who was in the military can tell you that freedom and liberty come with a high price, one we all were willing to pay.

irvan moore 3 years, 1 month ago

vietnam 67-68, my dad was at pearl harbor

sigephandy 3 years, 1 month ago

Not me either unfortunately, tried, but not medically able but:
Navy: Father-in-Law, Mother-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, & Cousin Army: 3 Uncles, 1 Aunt & Grampa on the Beach at D-Day Air Force: 1 Uncle & 1 Aunt

Scott Kaiser 3 years, 1 month ago

US Army MP. Late 70's. 3/71st Air Defense Artillery. Battery A. Dallau, West Germany.

Liberty275 3 years, 1 month ago

16E, A/262 ADA, Balesfeld Germany (Close to Bitburg AFB) , early 80s. IHAWK, illuminator operator. I'm the guy that had his finger on the fire button. Ripple two baby!

Did you guys have F4s constantly diving on your your tac site?

There are some nice pics of our tac site and barracks area here: http://www.nikesystem.de/Pages/Ami/Balesfeld/us_nike_balesfeld.htm

You might be able to find yours on that site.

Mixolydian 3 years, 1 month ago

Dad: Korean war vet - Army Brother 1: Vietnam vet - Army Brother 2: Air Force Me: 27 years Army

Every Uncle I have a veteran of WWII

Rae Hudspeth 3 years, 1 month ago

Father: twice Vietnam Vet, retired CW4, 30 years of service, Great and Grandfathers on both sides, American AF, Army, and British RAF, two uncles: American Army and AF two cousins, one American, killed in Korea, one Australian Paratrooper career officer, one great-aunt in the British Ambulance Corp during WW2, and most likely more I don't even remember right offhand.

Something I just found online, can anyone verify? This is indeed remarkable:

It is a remarkable fact that Indian people served the United States long before they were even given United States citizenship. In fact, between 1917 and 1918, over 10,000 American Indian people enlisted into the armed services to serve in World War I. Although this was the greatest number of enlisted peoples from any one non-anglo culture, citizenship (with the right to vote) for Native Americans was not granted until 1924.

RobertMarble 3 years, 1 month ago

U.S. Army, 10 years in Field Artillery (MLRS) then a couple more years in the National Guard (155mm Paladin)

tbaker 3 years, 1 month ago

Nothing on this earth changes people's minds as fast as incoming artillery. Whatever you were doing or thinking of doing is the farthest thought from your mind the instant the first round lands. King of Battle.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

Artillery lens dignity to what other wise would be a messy brawl

gphawk89 3 years, 1 month ago

Grandpa was a Seabee. Uncle just retired from USAF after serving since being drafted and flying in Vietnam. Cousin was a chopper mechanic during Desert Storm. Father-in-law was Army special forces.

Tom Huyser 3 years, 1 month ago

To Liberty, If I were to condem all the people of one race for the actions of a few or the actions years ago, you would probably be first in line to condem my words. Yet, you feel its perfectly ok to do that to those that wrote a blank check to the people of the United States that said "yes I will even give my life to keep you safe"

Bob Harvey 3 years, 1 month ago

Liberty, of course what you say is true. No one can, or should, deny the atrocities that were perpetrated by members of the military. They happend during my time in Vietnam and during my short time in Desert Storm, and I am quite sure they have happend in our latest military adventures. That being said I would have to ask, what is your point?

For every atrocity there were probably 10 fold acts of generosity and heroism. Should those that served honorably be scarred by the sins of others?

If those sins of others are constantly being laid at the feet of the honorable I suspect that no one is worthy. I believe that would be the saddest part.

Tom Huyser 3 years, 1 month ago

The TSA is violating human rights? If you feel that strongly then dont fly. When it comes to condeming all members of the military you are basing it on the actions of some members. Would it be fair to condem all Penn St asst coaches for the actions of one? All the coaches choose to be a coach, so under you guidlines all of them are guilty. Sorry but your comments rely on too much generalization to be much more than misinformed tripe

Norm Jennings 3 years, 1 month ago

To all who have replied to "Liberty"

I love your collective sense of pride, duty, and patriotism.

I urge you not to degrade yourselves by attempting to instruct those with an abundance of education but completely devoid of wisdom. There is no convincing or contradicting the circular and fatally flawed arguments that are the specialties of this ilk.

Courage my brothers and sisters in arms, revel in knowledge that your strength has provided such a freedom that even the flaccid dupes of the radical lunatics have a voice.

grammaddy 3 years, 1 month ago

The men on my Dad's side were Navy men, Korean War era. On my Mom's side, all the men were Marines WW2, Korea, and Viet Nam. I appreciate the service to our country and support them all as best I can. But my boys will NEVER be a part of that. I chased away all the recruiters when they were in H.S. I never want to experience the pain my Mother and Grandmothers knew.

rhd99 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you one and all for your service to our nation. God bless you and your families!!

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