The Military Group

This is a place to take a break from wood working if you want to talk about your soldier or sailor.

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Thanks Jim for creating this group!

Started by John Morris. Last reply by John Morris Oct 14, 2011. 3 Replies

What a cool thing! We can actually talk about military stuff without boring our woodworkers to death!! So, what do all miss about your military job the most, and what yall not miss about it!JohnContinue

Coin holders and turning pens

Started by John Morris. Last reply by Wayne Mahler Jun 21, 2011. 8 Replies

Phil Rasmussen messaged us and asked if we knew of anyother groups who produce any charitable woodworking for our troops, such as our Challenge Coin Holders and Woodcrafts Pens.Phil, I know of none…Continue

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Comment by Phil Rasmussen on October 10, 2013 at 1:12am

My entire life has been associated with the military in one form or another.  I grew up in the Air Force, joined the Navy and retired from the Army 30 years later. My father was one of the seven who got airborne at Pearl Harbor.  He passed away in 2005.  Although a humble and caring person, he was a true American who believed in the American way.  I'm sure that he would have been involved in the Honor Flights.  I'm also sure that he would have been very sad over the attempts to prevent our veterans from visiting their memorials in DC.  And I am very sure that he would have been disgusted over the recent treatment of families of our fallen brothers. 

Although we are of the 1% (see US map in this group) our voices can still be heard and our actions still speak louder than our words.  Let's continue to honor our brothers and sisters with the coin holders, pens and sadly the flag cases.

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Comment by Lewis Kauffman on October 9, 2013 at 9:54am

Thanks, Paul, for the post and the pix.

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Comment by Paul Corona on October 9, 2013 at 9:46am

Attended another Honor Flight arrival ceremony last night....about 75 vets from Southern Arizona returned home to a rousing welcome.....had to be at least 750 folks in the Tucson airport loaded with flags and cheers for those veterans. I spent the evening with friend, author, and retired Senior Chief John was his first Honor Flight event, and I think he was as moved with the parade of heroes as the rest of us! We shook as many hands as we could, and thanked those sailors, soldiers, and airmen for their part in defending the world from the tyranny and insanity that took the minds of otherwise rational people in the 40's.

Comment by Paul Corona on June 8, 2013 at 7:43am

I attended an emotional event this afternoon.....headed into town and went to the airport.  I was one of the many that were there to honor a group of WWII vets returning to Tucson after visiting Washington DC as part of the Honor Flight program.  You have to realize that we, as a nation,  are loosing about 1000 WWII vets a day and far too soon they will only live in our memories.  Several years ago an organization started that flies them to DC and they get to visit the WWII memorial, the Korean war memorial, the Wall, Arlington Cemetery and the Iwo Jima memorial. 

When the war ended, they returned from the unspeakable horrors they endured, got jobs or went to school, started their families and went about their lives.  Honor Flight is a way to welcome them home and say "thanks".  I cannot convey the smiles those vets had at the welcome....the salutes from the Air Force and Navy folks, the honor guards from the various veteran groups and the patriot riders, the scouts, the law enforcement folk and the many other Americans there.  Though most were in wheelchairs, you could see the pride as they shook many hands and as many people welcomed them home and thanked them for what they did so very many years ago. 

If you've never done this you NEED to check out their website at

there are chapters throughout the US and there is probably a flight in your area in the near future.....

Folks- this is worth will see and meet what we've all called the greatest generation....thank them for saving our day your sons and daughters will be would you like them to be remembered?

Comment by Paul Corona on March 23, 2013 at 5:33pm

Comment by Paul Corona on December 31, 2011 at 9:20am

one of the most moving and powerful movies I've ever seen....available on Amazon though I downloaded it from the iTunes store:

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Comment by John Morris on November 17, 2011 at 8:18pm

Thanks Paul, great read and great link, your the best


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Comment by Paul Corona on November 17, 2011 at 5:59am

this is pretty inspiring reading:

Comment by Mike Dillen on November 4, 2011 at 5:21pm

I saw this today. I'm not exactly sure of the accuracy of the statistics but it sounds about right.


Comment by Mike Dillen on October 11, 2011 at 12:01pm

Hello all. Thanks for the invite. I'm retired Coast Guard, 22 years. Most of my time was spent in Alaska. Married, 3 children 6 grand kids, 1 son in law & 1 daughter in law. My wife and I live in Washington state.


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