Remember them

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RLC, May 27, 2001.

  1. RLC

    RLC LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 14

    They carried...

    A memorial Day message I received.
    Things to ponder this upcoming Memorial Day, May 28th.
    The things they Carried....

    They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags,
    insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress
    bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water,
    iodine tablets, sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks.

    They carried standard fatigues,jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and
    steel pots.

    They carried the M-16 assault rifle.
    They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine guns, the M-79
    grenade launcher, M-14's, CAR-15's, Stoners, Swedish K's, 66mm Laws,
    shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets,
    and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence.

    They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades,
    radios, knives and machetes. Some carried napalm, CBU's and large bombs;
    some risked their lives to rescue others. Some escaped the fear, but
    dealt with the death and damage. Some made very hard decisions, and
    some just tried to survive.

    They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworms and leaches.
    They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots.
    They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones -
    real and imagined.

    They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another.
    And sometimes they disguised that love: "Don't mean nothin'!"

    They carried memories for the most part, they carried themselves with poise
    and a kind of dignity. Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and
    people squealed or wanted to, but couldn't; when they twitched and made
    moaning sounds and covered their heads and said "Dear God" and hugged the
    earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise
    to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and
    their parents, hoping not to die.

    They carried the traditions of the United States military, and memories
    and images of those who served before them.

    They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations.
    They carried the soldier's greatest fear: the embarrassment of dishonor.
    They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as
    not to die of embarrassment.

    They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it.
    They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any

    They carried the weight of the world.

    Author Unknown
    Remember them this Memorial Day May 28th
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Some of those items you mentioned brought back old memorys. I still have a P-38. What a simple piece of metal that did so much. :)

    That is a nice article.
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    My daughter remarked the other day when we spoke of the TRUE meaning of the holiday with her grandfather, that "Daddy keeps the stripes alive" comparing our patterns to the colored lines on the flag.

    He just chuckled and said that she was the stars and we were the stripes.

    Our family sends many heartfelt Thanks and Blessings out to all the Veterans, past and present for fighting for what they belived in, or for at least having the courage to do what they knew had to be done.


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