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Steve Breen

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    You do not sound like an American Veteran. Are you sure?

  2. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses,row on row/That marl our place;and in the sky/The larks,still bravely singing,fly/Scarce heard amid the guns below.— by Major John McCrea, Canadian physician who died of pneumonia while on active duty in 1918

  3. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Sr NONliberal. We reflected on freedom, as you wished… and voted for Obama.

  4. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    VA peer counseling is available.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @ahab

    Thought I’d post the rest, ahab. I hope you don’t mind.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Who kept you from being overrun by the USSR for 45 years, Morty?

  7. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 3 years ago

    Perhaps you’ve heard of conscription? If not, perhaps the draft system in place in America when the US was escalating war in Viet Nam? Young men were drafted into the Service. My cousin was in a long line and as the line advanced, the military guy at the beginning would point at the next draftee and state what branch of the Service he would be joining. In turn, each young man would then be shuffled off to either Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force.

  8. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    Well, yes. Take a few moments and listen to the Elvis Presley song, GI Blues. While certainly not a complete picture, it adds some flavor to what happened after WWII.

  9. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Morty, I have tried to respond to this 3 times and each time I am overcome with a combination of rage and sadness. You must hate America, because you denigrate the sacrifice so many have made in her honor. People that served without question, young and naive, answering the call of their country. Wouldn’t it be nice if they all had your sage wisdom to judge the purpose of their service and argue the philosophical points of war and service.
    Have you served in harms way, just trying to stay alive and follow the orders given you? Were you in Viet Nam and experience first hand the horrors of the war? Have you seen your friends die at the hands of children with explosives hidden on them while they tried to befriend them? Have you suffered through the confusion of war only to be rewarded with nightmares and painful memories that always seem to be too vivid and never fade? How about when you survive, only to come home and be confronted with people like you who make you feel guilty for your service? I doubt it. It doesn’t fit your sanctimonious, self serving manner. You disgust me…

  10. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    Thanks mikefive. I count the years I took care of Veterans at the Denver, and Salt Lake -VAMCs, as some of my most gratifying, as well as most humbling.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I recommend to those who have no battlefield experience, J.Glenn Gray’s book, The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle. J Glenn Gray served as a Counter-Intelligence Officer during WWII in France. He was a philosopher, writer, and was a professor of philosophy at Colorado College in Colorado Springs Colorado. He was an absolute genius, a very wise and humble man. The book is really a gem.

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Anthony Sofford listed five best war books in The Wall Street Journal, July 20,2012, which includes Fortunate Son, by Lewis Puller Jr/1991 and Brothers in Arms, by William Broyles Jr/1986.

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Anthony Swofford^/sorry typo on the name.

  14. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @ahab

    There is a book title of the same title as the poem, In Flanders Fields, that describes the conditions of WW1 (The Great War(?)) under which soldiers had to fight. The conditions those guys lived under were worse than any conditions I have read about since the days of the Pharaohs.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @mikefive

    I’ll look into that tome, thanks! My father’s family is Dutch. I get to hear my father’s recollections as a boy in occupied Holland. He is 85 now.

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