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Old 11-11-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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I Am A Veteran - by CJ

I just had to share this.
"I wrote this to honor our veterans. Hope you enjoy it.........cj

I am the man that stood on Concord Green when the British officer said ‘’Disperse you rebels’’….. I am the man with the 69 caliber, smooth bore musket, with three shots of powder and ball in my duffel. I am the one that raised my musket and whispered ‘’Like HELL'’ and fired the shot heard round the world. I was killed in the return volley from the British ….. I was the first casualty……… I am a veteran….
I stood on Bunker Hill with two shots of powder and only stones to go down the barrel of my musket and I heard the order ‘’Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes’’. I was killed in the first return volley from the British…..

I froze at Valley Forge and I died from measles, mumps, dysentery, frostbite and fever. I was paid with paper money with no value and I stayed because I felt I was fighting for something bigger than me. I was a soldier.
I was a sailor on the Bon Home Richard when John Paul Jones told the British ‘’I have not yet begun to fight’’………… I was killed by shrapnel from a cannon ball……… I am a veteran.
I was aboard the Constitution as a Marine in the “tops” when the enemy shouted that “Her sides are made of iron”………. I fell to my death on the deck below…. I was one of the first Marines.....
I was at Yorktown when the British surrendered. I was a soldier in the Continental army and I saw it happen……..

In 1812 I was in Fort McHenry when the British thought they could blast it into submission ……. When the colors were shot down, I climbed the flag mast and re tied old glory in her rightful place so she might be seen by our enemy. I was killed by an exploding shell ……… I was buried in an um-marked grave. No one remembers my name....

I was a sailor aboard the USS Maine in Havana harbor when she was blown to bits by a sea mine. I was killed while shaving …….. My body was never found..
In World War One I went over with ‘’Black Jack Pershing’’ to France . I was a soldier that slept in the mud and suffered trench foot and mustard gas attacks. I ‘’Went over the top’’ to capture a German machine gun emplacement. I and thousands more died because we were told to die. I am a veteran buried in Flanders Field.....
I am one of the hundreds of unknown soldier buried in Flanders Field. I am known only to God. I am a veteran.
I was a pilot in a “rag and string” biplane and was killed over France by a man in a red triplane…. I was burned beyond recognition…
I am a black soldier that was denied service in a country I fought to defend... I am a veteran
I am Sgt York of WW1....
In World War Two I was a sailor aboard the USS Arizona. I was asleep when the assault came and I never knew what hit me…. My bones lie in that great tomb in Pearl Harbor. My bones were never recovered
In that same war I stood in line to volunteer for the military along with thousand and thousands of young men willing and eager to serve their country for twenty two dollars a month. I wanted to be a veteran
I was a Navy pilot flying inferior equipment, fighting against one of the most seasoned, best equipped, best trained air forces in the world. I was killed over the Pacific Ocean and my body never recovered.
I was a waste gunner on a B 17 flying daylight missions over Germany. I fired a 50 caliber machine gun against another of the best equipped, best trained, best fighting machines in the world at that time. My life expectancy was four missions… I died instantly when an 88 mm anti aircraft shell went into the open bomb bay doors… I am a veteran
I am a soldier and I stormed Omaha Beach from a landing craft. I saw my brothers blown to pieces and I forged ahead. I would not quit and I would not stop. I was killed by machine gun fire before I got to the edge of the water……….
I am buried under a cross marked ‘’Known only to God’’ in hundreds of cemeteries all around the world ……….. I am a veteran
I am a sailor aboard one of the many Submarines that went out on patrol and never returned. My bones lie on the bottom of the ocean in a place also known only to God. I am a sailor still on patrol.
I am a Marine. I fought one of the toughest, most determined armies in the world. I fought an army that thought it was shameful to surrender and glorious to die for ones emperor and country. I died thousands of times ……… I am a veteran
I am the Sullivan Brothers….
I am that sailor medic that was assigned to the Marines when we raised the flag on Iwo Jima. ….. Myself and one other Marine made it back down to the bottom of the volcano......
I am a ''Red Ball Express'' truck driver in Europe delivering ammo and food to the front lines ... I am a veteran and Im Black and proud to have served this nation..
I am a medic trying to save young men with bombs going off all around me... I am a veteran
I am Ira Hayes, US Marine Corps.
I am Audie Murphy, US Army. I
I am a Tuskegee Airman with the 332nd fighter squadron.
I am a Native American “code talker”.
I was in the Bataan death march and watched as my friends were beheaded because they did not bow low enough.
I am a soldier fighting in Europe against one of the finest, best trained, best equipped armies in the world at the time ….I am buried in France, listed as ''known only to God'' …..I am a veteran

I flew with Tibbets in the Enola Gay and dropped the bomb that ended the war....
I am a sailor aboard the USS Missouri and I watched our enemy strike his colors and sign the surrender…………………

I fought on the ground in Korea with frozen feet and in the air with World War two airplanes while my enemy flew MIG 15 jets and cut us to pieces……
I am a doctor in a M.A.S.H. unit twenty miles behind the front lines. I put soldiers back together. I work an eighteen-hour shift…….
I am a nurse in a field hospital. I watch so many young men die and there is nothing I can do...

I am a soldier in a rice paddy slogging along with 60 pounds on my back. No one seems to know exactly why we are here or what we are supposed to accomplish……….. My name is on a black slab of marble on the Washington Mall…… I am a veteran
I am a nurse providing care for the young men brought in by Medivac. I was killed by a Sappers grenade….. I never understood why we were here.......
I am an Air Force or Navy pilot flying to North Vietnam. We fly the ''slot'', the ''shooting gallery'' where most of the AA and Sams are. We bomb the jungle and kill monkeys. We want to take the war to the enemy but we can not do that. We watch our friends blown from the sky..... We are veterans....
I am one of the thousands buried at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia . I am black, white, Hispanic, and Native American. I am from all nations and all colors. I am Christian, Jewish, Catholic and all beliefs and sometimes agnostic. I am the man in the tomb of the “UNKNOWN SOLDIER” ..I am a veteran.
I died aboard the USS COLE and in the Marine barracks in Beirut . I was killed in Granada and again in Panama ….. In Desert Storm I was killed by friendly fire and in Afghanistan I died trying to rescue a fellow soldier that was bleeding to death…I am a veteran …
I have tasted the copper taste of fear and did my duty and I have held a friend in my arms and watched him die....... I am a veteran
As a veteran I ask for nothing from you. I did what I have done for my Country and my fellow fighting personnel. I did it because it had to be done and because if I had not done it we would not have this great country and the freedoms we so take for granted today.
I am a veteran and very proud of my service to this great country...
I am the old man in the wheel chair. I have an American flag taped to the back post and an old Army garrison cap on his head. I am the one that still salutes the colors when they go by in the Veterans Day Parade. I am missing my right leg......... I am a veteran
I am but one of the millions of men and women that gave Uncle Sam a blank check with my name on it and told him that he could write any amount up to and including my life cashable at his request...... I am a veteran

I did this so you could have freedom of speech and religion. I did this so you would have the right to burn my flag without fear of persecution. All these things I have done for you so that you might be free and enjoy the freedom of this great country..
I am one of millions of unappreciated men and women that gave a portion of my life in service to this country and I did it because it had to be done and I would do it again, without hesitation, should the need arise.
I am a veteran …….. GOD BLESS AMERICA
Seajay the sailor man
I wrote this with respect to the millions of men and women that have given their lives in support of this great country and have defended our freedoms all over the world. Most of them worked for less pay than you can make at Mc 'D's' flippin burgers and askin if you want to ''Biggie them Fries sir?''
I wrote it for them .... NOT FOR ME........"

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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That about says it all. I enjoy all the writings of CJ. Thank you to all the men and women past and present that have served our countries.

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Wayne.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting this. I'm sending it on to my children, grand children and also on facebook. Sure miss Seajay on this forum.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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Good job sir
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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Nice poem....says it all.....I marched in our remembrance parade today (Canada) and there are a lot of young people who attended the service. Good to see.....
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If you've spent a few days in a water filed bomb crater, with motar rounds going on all around, you look at the other; 'It's your turn to sleep,' you will understand.

Your six was covered.

You stick your head up and 'pop another Charlie.' They stayed away.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:09 PM   #9
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Thank all that have served

Thanks you men god be with you all
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #10
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Thank you, each and every veteran, thank you.

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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Thank You all who so proudly wore our nation's uniforms to protect our freedoms.
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Thanks for posting this Wayne. I miss the days we had such creative and meaningful writings.
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Had a great day with other vets on local parade Thanks to all the other vets. remember FREEDOM isn't free

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The USAF is my second family. I am so grateful for my years in the service. I had no guidance or career goals until I joined the USAF. My years have served me very well. I am also grateful for the support that our country shows for our current military professionals. God bless all those that continue to support freedom around the world. If we didn't do it who would? No one!

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