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  1. Check out this veterans website and products- https://riserburnwoodcrafts.com/
  2. You just have to appreciate this one. Young people forget that we old people had a career before we retired...... Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies. One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. "Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome." "Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it." "Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.” “Yes sir, I understand your concern and I’ll try harder.” Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “It's odd though your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning so late and so often?" The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, "They usually saluted and said, ‘Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?’” give the man some respect.......
  3. Fred Wilson


    From the album: Pop's Shop Military Items

    I think this goes for ALL of us that served.

    © Copyright, Pop's Shop, 2017

  4. I just purchased a bag of the 12 oz. "Coffee or Die" blend, dark roast, it's a bit pricey, but hey, it's veteran owned and they employ veterans! I purchased my first bag this morning, thanks to @Stick486 for introducing us to Black Rifle Coffee at this topic I'll report back on taste and aroma when I get my first cup brewed. The image below is what I purchased. If you follow this link you'll get 10 percent off your first purchase as a guest of mine. https://www.talkable.com/x/7Z11sh and we'll get 5 dollars cash for our Patriot Woodworker Community!
  5. Hooch? Yep, what we used to call those "houses". Missionary buildings were still smoldering after "Sandy" dropped a couple "tanks" on it. Rest of the village wasn't too badly burnt. Mid afternoon, cleared the place, and set up for the night. One hooch in the mid was mine as a CP. Around 2am, we had some visitors. Rather violent fellows. Started to shoot the place up. We had all the radid-dios stacked along one wall, to the right of the single doorway. Nathan Victor type sprays the wall on the other side of the doorway, kicks in the shabby door, looking around a bit wide eyed. Seems he thought he got us, BUT.....No more bullets in the gun( hate when that happens) so, catching sight of an American Adviser standing there, charges anyway. Seems that long pointy thing was aimed at ME? Block the dang thing to the side, and add a right cross to the jaw for good measure. Stalling for a bit of time...ah, .45 finally gets out, and.... He had two friends just outside the broken door, they got the same welcome as their buddy. One just doesn't intrude into MY Hooch, you know? Next morning, load up, and head on to the next "burg" along the canal/roadway , heading West.
  6. I am very saddened personally, one of my all time heroes, Lt. General Hal Moore dies today. Many of you may of known of him before the popular Mel Gibson Movie "We Were Soldiers" but for me, I did not know about him until that gritty and realistic movie came to the big screen. LTC (rank at the time) Hal Moore, historians and the men who were there said Mel Gibson nailed it, that was Hal Moore. After seeing the movie I immediately researched this man and found out he also was in the Korean War as well. Knowing this legend is no longer among the living leaves a void in our living history that is passing away each and every day at an alarming rate. I have this to say, we owe our lives as Americans and our way of life to the men like LTG Hal Moore and all those who served under these giant leaders. We'll always and forever be in your debt Sir. Rest in Peace, I know you have a lot of brothers in heaven waiting on your arrival, my gosh, can you imagine the reception up there? The men he lead, the men who fought and died while in his command, they were proud to be with him in battle, and I am sure they are proud to have him once again in their midst. Links of Interest https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Moore http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/hal-moore-portrayed-by-actor-mel-gibson-in-we-were-soldiers-dies-at-age-94 http://www.stripes.com/news/us/lt-gen-hal-moore-dies-depicted-in-film-we-were-soldiers-1.453672 http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0010423/bio
  7. BILLINGS, Mont. — Ben Steele's hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist's memory of scenes from his home in Montana. "I used to dream about Montana more than anything else, more than I did food — and I used to dream about food all the time," Steele once said. "I was awful sick and I thought I was going crazy, so I had to do something to occupy my mind," he said. Source: Military.com Read More..... In this 2015 photo, Bataan Death March survivor, artist and educator Ben Steele poses for a photo. (Hannah Potes/The Billings Gazette via AP) Links Mr. Steele's Art Work Mr. Steele's Personal Chronical Google Search From The Patriot Woodworker Community, rest in peace ol Warrior! We owe our existence as a free nation and free people to men like you. Our hat is solemnly tipped.
  8. Central Indiana based Honor Flight; to date all flights have departed from Purdue University Regional Airport. Veterans (WWII, Korean & Vietnam from all regions but especially the Midwest) are encouraged to take advantage of this rewarding experience regardless if they have a Guardian host. One will be assigned if needed. There is no cost to the veteran for the flight. Honor Flight Chapters and flights available in almost every state. You can Google Honor Flight Chapter (insert State name) for the contact information nearest you.
  9. Our daughter was invited to play Amazing Grace on her violin for the funeral of a local hero, Sgt. Major Edward S Bardwell (1927-2016) WWII Veteran. The Sgt Major could be seen in every 4h of July parade riding a vintage WWII Willys and machine gun mounted. He was the man we all could not wait to see in the parade every year, and wave and cheer. We are all saddened to lose another WWII veteran as they leave us at the rate of 429 souls per day. Soon our WWII veteran will be no longer with us. If you know of a WWII veteran in your area, talk to them, hear their stories, record their stories, they will not be with us much longer, they will have gone the way of our WWI veterans. Our last US WWI veteran Frank Buckles passed in 2011. Soon we will be hearing of our last WWII veteran passing. Don't let the opportunity go by if you are near a WWII veteran to listen, and to be with. Today our daughter played for this man, a great man. She could not have been more humbled. Thank you Sgt. Major for your service! Hooorah!!!
  10. Please take the 7 minutes to watch this truly wonderful video.....If it doesn’t bring a mist to your eyes are a lump in your throat, I don’t know what would..... If you’re not familiar with Gary Sinese, he played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. He has done great things to honor our veterans. A true patriot !! "Where there is one brave man in the thickest of the fight, there is the Post of Honor" - Thoreau "Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat" That's not what the Greatest Generation was about. They volunteered and fought for their country. After the war, they came back to the U.S. to work and raise their families. We are the product of their bravery and commitment. If it weren't for them, we would be speaking another language. There will never be a braver nor more patriotic generation like them. This short video is impactful, moving, and very impressive. Here is one Hollywood actor that is a good guy. These unequaled heroes are about to leave this planet. We must not forget what they bequeathed to us! You have to be 17 to enlist in the military. While it is well known that people younger than 17 served in WWII (& other wars) I am going to use 17 as a base. The war ended in 1945 & this is 2016. That means the YOUNGEST surviving WWII veteran is 88. Keep that in mind when you watch the video. Quite a few (in my opinion) do not look their age. Something I’m sure you’ll enjoy. (have a hanky at the ready...)
  11. The following story was written in the first person - be it known that I am NOT that person. Each year I am hired to go to Washington , DC , with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our Nation's Capital, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable. On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II. Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?' I told him that we were from Wisconsin. 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.' (It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.) When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.) 'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin . My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers'. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me. 'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it. (He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men. 'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country'. He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.' 'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero'. He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?' So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken). 'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, "Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night." Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away. 'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press. 'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.' 'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.' 'So that's the story about six nice young boys... Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.' Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless. Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom... Please pray for our troops. Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also, please pray for our troops still in murderous places around the world. REMINDER: Every day that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day. One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . .that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God. Great story - worth your time - worth every American's time.
  12. lew

    Veteran Suicides

    Anthony's post, today, concerning veteran suicides and the projects they make to help create awareness about this program, was driven home thru another email I received from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here's a link to something we all need to be thinking about. http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ThePowerof1.aspx I didn't know where else to post this. We used to have a special forum just for this stuff, but I couldn't find it.
  13. Courtland

    Homeless Veteran Time Lapse

    My daughter grabbed me over the weekend and sat me down to watch this, the end is priceless. It's amazing what a change in self image can do to a human. Many say change starts within, but there's nothing wrong with giving that inner spirit a jump-start with a great outer appearance!
  14. Still don't know how to embed a you tube video so I will give you the url: Great story - a good lesson for us all
  15. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Matt Ostrowski, US Army Combat Medic, displays his coins proudly in a display made by Patriot Woodworkers George Knutson and Sandy Smith. Thank you for your service Matt, we owe you more than a display, we owe you our freedom! If you'd like to read more about Matt, please click on Matt Ostrowski, US Army, Operation Enduring Freedom, Rock Hill, SC, VHOP. And we'd love to thank Operation Ward 57 for letting us get involved in their organization, the honor is completely ours.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  16. PTSD takes the life of Marine Cpl Casey Owens. This is reality, 5000 veterans a year take their own lives to escape the suffering caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To see the face of one of our own who served, and most recently has passed hits home. You would never know the torture that was going on inside Mr. Owens by the image below. Please click on the image to be taken to Impact A Hero Facebook Page and leave your prayers for Casey and his family.
  17. lew

    Cap'n Eddie Castelin

    Some of you are aware that Cap'n Eddie underwent brain surgery for a tumor. The good news is that he is recovering, slowly, and he is till in business. I picked this up from Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capn-Eddie-Castelin/293127100890043?fref=nf This is how Cap'n Eddie makes his living. He is also a Vietnam Vet.
  18. John Moody

    Turning a Bullet

    A while back I was ask to turn a couple of bullets for a special outdoor piece for a retired military veteran. They brought me this milk can that will be the shell casing. I have a couple of Cedar logs and thought they might hold up to the outdoors weather better than some things. This is all going to be painted to look like a shell and bullet. So I started turning and shaping the bullet part out of the cedar. This log was quite old, but was still wet on the inside as I turned it But it all came together and it slides down inside the shell casing. The casing will be filled with sand so make it heavy and keep it from turning over easily I'm not sure what caliber this will be but it is big and heavy
  19. Hey, folks. We need your help on supporting a fellow veteran - Sal Gonzalez. He is a disabled Marine that is making the most of his life. He works for the Wounded Warrior Project as a spokesman. I had the pleasure of spending some time with him when he visited Duluth over Memorial Day. This guy has it together. A great Marine, a great person, a great singer, a great American. He is a contestant on America's Got Talent. See his AGT story HERE. Also, some great videos https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sal+gonzalez Thanks for viewing
  20. Mark is going in for another bout of surgeries tomorrow. He'll be away for a week or more. Mark has undergone over 60 plus reconstructive surgeries that have helped reform his face and jaw. For those unfamiliar with Mark, please click on Mark Wison, Combat Engineer. Here is a brief description of the surgery he is undergoing tomorrow in Marks own words. There going to take the layer of skin under my top layer on my forearm to put in my jaw to make the tissue in there softer so I can open my mouth more. So later on they can fix the hole in my pallet ( roof of mouth ) and put my teeth back in my jaws as well. After that is jaw some small facial surgeries dealing with scars I believe. I have to ask the doctors to talk like a normal person instead all medical terms to understand them half the time. ~Mark Wilson~ Mark is a remarkable young man, on top of all this, he is completely dedicated to his lil daughter, and the shop he is growing now as your donations roll in. Mark wants to be financially independent by making a living off of woodworking, and he is on his way now thanks to all of you and our supporters who have donated to his shop. He'll be able to start up his own business, and provide for his little girl. If you all want to send Mark a nice message and or prayers, please leave them off here in this discussion, he does check in frequently, daily as a matter of fact. Our site is not very friendly to the visually impaired so his efforts are limited here, but he does look in all the time. Thank you friends, and keep Mark in your prayers.

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