* If anyone would like to express feedback, pro or con, to be published in my website, please do so and it will be done. 

I have been asked by a few, why I have not posted their written opinions in my website. It's because the letter did not come up to the standard that I expect. Writing a letter has three parts; beginning, middle and the end. The letter must be written in short paragraphs - and continuity must always be there. I see some writers acting like a Mexican-jumping-bean. At the end, I wonder what the author had been drinking. It's always great if the letter of opinions stay within 200 words, and they must not be obscene or offensive. If you have something to say, and if you follow my standards and policy, you may see your words published in my opinion page of my website.


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Barry Gobble, age about 35, living in the city of his birth, Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Tenn. sent me the following note after I sent him 17 pictures in a slide-show of a dead Indian US Marine being escorted home by active duty US Marines (link available in Barry's note).

The pictures showed the entire neighborhood honoring Cpl. Lundstrom. About 15 years ago, young Barry tried to join the Marine Corps. He wanted to follow in his fathers footsteps and other members of his family, however, Barry was denied because of a minor health problem. This is excellent writing by Barry, and he tells us in a nutshell how he feels about the United States Marine Corps, and his respect for Cpl. Lundstrom, USMC.  I am proud to share it with you on my Web site.

I'm sure you have looked at the slide show of Cpl. Brett Lundstrom. That was the most sincere, humbling, and proudest thing I've seen in a long time. This man was honored in history and tradition, of which I sometimes feel that this Country has forgotten.

Though I never became a Marine, wishing many times over that I was, The honor of the United States Marine flows through my head as though I had gone through Boot Camp in a dream. Things such as this, ensures that my patriotism for this country remains strong and that Cpl. Lundstrom did not die in vain.

That young man has allowed me to be a free, proud American. Although there are issues that have led to his death, and those issues are a two sided controversy, The Marine Corps is one sided, and no matter how we as citizens see this world, the Marines see it as defense of a country with honor and code, and Cpl. Lundstrom will be remembered as such and not forgotten by his fellow comrades, and although I never knew this man, he is entangled in my memory.

If you happen to have a source to send this to, or print it in the website, please do so. I hope that it is as simple and defined as I can get it.
click here to see memorial slide show

If the link doesn't work for you, copy and paste the following address into your browser: http://multimedia.rockymountainnews.com/slideshow/slideshow.cfm?type=DEFAULT&ID=012006lundstrom&NUM=1

* Hello Noah,
I happened upon your website and I want to thank you -

1) for your service in WWII. I was born in '52 and I am so grateful for what you and your generation did for my generation and for the entire future of this nation. My life is better because of men like you and for the service you gave to your country.  

2) for your views on your website. I love Thomas Jefferson - and thank you for standing up for how awful labels are - and for plainly speaking of your liberal views. I want to share with you a "gem" that I discovered a few years ago - the word conservative is not in the Bible; but the word liberal (used as liberally and generous) is as in the passage that God gives liberally and generously. Anytime someone challenges me on liberal, I direct them to look it up in Webster's for it's an awesome definition. Semper Fi, dear Noah. I was engaged to James Vance who was also 17 when he was became a Marine. He was 18 when he died in Vietnam. He died in Quang Tri province on Jan 4, 1970. My memorial website for Jim: http://www.egogahan.com/JSV-Page1-Version4.htm 

May God bless you always, and thank you for the courage you have in stating your enlightened views on the Net.


* God Bless You Noah!
Great Site!  I liked what I saw so far and will check-in on you again soon.   Allow me to introduce myself and send you a copy of my poem of several years ago. 
~Ken O'Rourke,  D.A.V./WWII.

Ken O'Rourke  1942-1945  Dolores and Ken O'Rourke


Folding The American Flag
NOAH'S COMMENTS: The below was emailed to me from former U.S. Marine, Herman Shirley, age 85, who lives with his wife in Huntsville, Texas. Herman joined the United States Marine Corps at age 23 in his home state of Alabama. After boot-camp and additional training, he became a member of B-1-1, First Marine Division aka B Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. On Aug. 7, 1942, Pfc. Shirley, and other members of his 1st Marine Division, invaded the island of Guadalcanal. After a tuck and go fight and when that island was secured, he, and members of the 1st Marine Division continued to battle the Japanese military at Cape Gloucester and the island of Peleliu. Mr. Shirley spends a lot of his present time teaching inmates about the Bible and God's words at the Texas prison in Huntsville, Texas. I have asked Herman to write an autobiography of his life and I would be honored to run it on the front page of my web site.

Spilmon, a recent Russian immigrant, said sewing this American flag made her feel more connected to her new country.

The flag folding represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what it means:

-The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.

-The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

-The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

-The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

-The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

-The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

-The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.

-The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

-The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

-The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

-The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

-The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

-The thirteenth fold: When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

The next time you see a Flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons behind each and every movement. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by honoring our Flag and our Country.

* Noah,,,
It seems to me that the problem with working for the government in this day and age is that people feel once they are employed they have a right to a job for life. In the private sector you only have that right as long as you make a profit ... thank you for your time..... trapper.

Hi trapper,
   As you requested, I will add your comments to my "Opinion" page of my web site. And I must say, I agree with your opinion regarding government employees. I do have firsthand knowledge on this subject. The government employment system needs to be fixed. In a lot of cases, the employee doesn't want to give 100 percent on the job and it is almost impossible to dismiss the so called worker.

* Hi and a very Happy New Year to you. 
I have a question for you and maybe you have the perfect answer for me. I've lost contact with a friend and he is a Marine.  I know that he was wounded wherever he was sent.  I also know that he owns some sort of manufacturing business in Rhode Island.  I only know his name is James Murphy and I think he made Major just before being shipped to wherever, just before 2000.  I've heard from him once since then and he was in the hospital and have rehab to walk and work on his speech.  If you have any idea of where I can look to find him, I'd be very appreciative.    
Have a great evening.                        

*Dear Noah,
I f you want to support our troops why don't you advertise on your website that the number one request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards. The government doesn't pay long distance phone charges and the wounded service persons are rationing their calls home. Phone cards of any amount can be mailed to the address as follows: Medical Family Assistance Center Walter Reed Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001  -This was emailed to me from Robert F. Kucala, who spent 30 years in cryptology serving in the US Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. 

*Sent By Joe Nettles
Prayer Wheel
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior. Amen."

When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a
prayer for our troops around the world. Pass it on.

If you print this, it will be OK with me, but if you don't, that's fine, too.  I want you to know what I think of this: 
The Marine, that ended up in the center of controversy, over the last weeks is a Marine that salvaged his life in order to live another day. It is not a Marine that is a conscientious objector, to the extent that he waited till the other guy pulled first.  That is not what the Marine Corps is about. Although I wanted to live a military life for a while, God never gave me the intention of pursuing that career, thus I do not know whether this was justified based on his situation. I do know this.  The more this carries on, the more futile this incursion becomes.  I support the troops 100 fold, but let the soldiers take care of business and get the hell home!  The longer we stay, the more problems we'll have. I realize that justification is not the word, and to fight terror takes time, but it is time to stop policing the world, and if need be, wait till it is time to wake the sleeping giant.

We need a little help.

I have been asked to pass this info on to you. The CMC wants to hear from you about the young Marine that shot and killed that enemy insurgent while pushing the insurgents out. As I understand it, public opinion is being asked for regarding this incident. By doing this it will allow us to voice our opinion about what we as marines think. I guess this is a way of countering the news media. Here is the ### to call: ( 703) 614-1492  I personally called and it only took a minute or two. The public relations dept. just wants to know what you think. Your call can make a difference in this young marine's future. Later my friends Call until you get the Marine Corps Public Relations Dept.  No long waits.
Joe N.

I made the phone call and a Marine Corporal answered on the second ring. He only wanted to know if I supported the Marine cause. I suppose numbers count in this request. I will pass this on to dozens of others who might call. A lot of hero Marines have been killed by the enemy while the enemy was playing dead. The media have made more out this than they did when the enemy in Iraq beheaded Americans and others while their hands and legs were tied. I will put this "Need a little help" request on my web site Saturday and it will run for a week. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

* Noah,
I would like to introduce myself, I am Thomas Scott Belue, son of Charles D. Belue, Grandson of Charles S. Belue, my father and grandfather were from Union SC and migrated to Greenville, SC. I have, as many, traced my family back to Renny, but have failed to go any further. Every once and awhile I search for updates and I ran across your website. I am interested in the photos that you have posted and who are in the pictures. I would love any further information that you may have. I have noted that there is great debate about where we originally came from, some say France, some England, Ireland and Scotland. I hope that one day we will all know!!!
Thomas Scott Belue

Hi Thomas,
Thanks for making contact with me. I will forward via (BCC) your request to folks who know much more than I do regarding our roots. If you have not received info that you have requested, please make contact with me again after a week.
My best regards,

* The following information was emailed to NOAH from retired USMC Roy F. (Dusty) Rhoads, Jr.:

Latest BRAC list from Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of  Defense (Intelligence Oversight) CLOSURES FOR 2005

BRAC List - Just off the Press Army bases currently proposed for closure or realignment in 2005 include:

* Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
* Detroit Arsenal, Michigan
* Fort Belvoir, Virginia
* Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico
* Fort McPherson/Gillem, Georgia
* Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
* Fort Monroe, Virginia
* Fort Polk, Louisiana (to realign)
* Fort Richardson, Alaska
* Fort Sam Houston, Texas
* Fort Shafter, Hawaii
* Lima Army Tank Plant, Ohio
* Natick Soldier Center, Massachusetts
* Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey
* Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
* Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois
* Sierra Army Depot, California
* Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona 

Air Force base closures and realignments include: 

* Altus AFB, Oklahoma
* Beale AFB, California
* Brooks AFB, Texas
* Cannon AFB, New Mexico
* Columbus AFB, Mississippi
* Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
* Goodfellow AFB, Texas
* Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
* Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts
* Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
* Los Angeles AFB, California
* McConnell AFB, Kansas
* Nellis AFB, Nevada (to realign)
* Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina (to realign)
* Shaw AFB, South Carolina
* Vance AFB, Oklahoma 

The Air Force will lose 2,260 military and 2,839 civilian manpower positions, and 1,055 reserve drill authorizations next year, according to the 2004 force-structure announcement released July 23. Many bases, both active duty and reserve component, are affected by the realignment. In many cases, units will gain aircraft and missions, while others will pare down. 

Besides manpower reductions, the realignment formally announces the retirement of the C-9A Nightingale and KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft. 

According to Air Force officials, the 20 C-9s are being retired because of reduced-patient movement, range limitations and increasing maintenance and upgrade costs. The aeromedical evacuation mission will become a requirements-based system using all passenger-capable aircraft. 

The service will retire 44 of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command's 43-year-old KC-135Es next year, replacing them with 24 KC-135Rs from the active-duty fleet. By the end of fiscal 2006, the Air Force will have retired 68 of the KC-135Es. 

Naval base closures and realignments include: 

* Ingleside Naval Station, Texas
* Naval Postgraduate School, California
* Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi
* Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey
* Naval Recreation Station Solomons Island,
* Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Indiana
* Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Virginia
* Navy Supply Corps School, Georgia
* New Orleans Naval Support Activity, Louisiana
* Pascagoula Naval Station, Mississippi
* Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire
* Saratoga Springs Naval Support Unit, New York 

U.S. Marine base closures and realignments include: 

* Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia
* Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California (realignment)
* Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
* Marine Corps Mountain Warfare School, California
* Marine Reserve Support Unit, Kansas City
* Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California (realign or close).


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