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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    You know that a wounded Veteran has coped with his affliction when he can make jokes out of it.
    Yea, you bet Top!!.. He went through the down times like all those whom have being injured from all branches.. the fellowship, friendship and camaraderie of his fellow soldiers helped him along for sure, and he pulled out of after loosing the second foot to gangrene.. he was in terrible pain that was depressing him.. (he is a titan of a man and took pain that would have killed a normal Joe).. and when it was off, it was a relief... he recovered in body less the missing feet and also in mind.. the prosthetics today are great...and he went onto become an electrical engineer with a teaching position in the Army.... Takes no BS from anyway in his class.. there, rank is left at the door and there is only students and teacher (him)... way it should be!!.
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    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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    There's a local hero, a Medal of Honor winner who lost an arm in 'Nam. At first he was a boozer in jail most of the time but he straightened out & now is an ambassador to all wounded Vets. He rides his Harley in many parades, makes speeches & when I talked to him he says he doesn't want any of them to do what he did. At the time we were at the portable Vietnam Memorial, a facsimile of the real one & I was close to welling up after reading names of some of my Teammates When he came up to say hi I almost let loose with a flood. He comforted ME. He said not to worry or mourn for his loss because he's living a good life to the fullest & has no regrets for the circumstances of losing his arm which were saving a lot of his men while badly wounded. He'd do it all over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    There's a local hero, a Medal of Honor winner who lost an arm in 'Nam. At first he was a boozer in jail most of the time but he straightened out & now is an ambassador to all wounded Vets. He rides his Harley in many parades, makes speeches & when I talked to him he says he doesn't want any of them to do what he did. At the time we were at the portable Vietnam Memorial, a facsimile of the real one & I was close to welling up after reading names of some of my Teammates When he came up to say hi I almost let loose with a flood. He comforted ME. He said not to worry or mourn for his loss because he's living a good life to the fullest & has no regrets for the circumstances of losing his arm which were saving a lot of his men while badly wounded. He'd do it all over again.
    No doubt Top!!.. Its the way of the warrior, a path in life we all chose to travel.. anybody who's being through the mill and seen death up close and very personal will always say that the opposite to fear is not hate, its love!!.. Its all about the fellow soldier to the right of you and to the left of you.. To goto war with brother soldiers and sailors is a life altering experience and its very normal to miss those especially whom fell on the battlefield for the rest of your days!!.. "In their sacrifice, we honour them by being better men and finding a little peace of our own in the free world we once stood for".... dunno who said it, but its as relevant now as it was back in the day..

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    Tenants of Bushido;

    ‘We should never obsess about if we are going to die, but instead focus on how we live as those whom live an honorable life will always die a glorious death.’

    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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