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To All who have served and are serving, we remember.


Ich hatt' einen Kameraden, In battle he was my comrade,

Einen bessern findst du nit. None better I have had.

Die Trommel schlug zum Streite, The drum called us to fight,

Er ging an meiner Seite He always on my right,

In gleichem Schritt und Tritt. In step, through good and bad.    


Eine Kugel kam geflogen: A bullet it flew towards us,

Gilt's mir oder gilt es dir? For him or meant for me?

Ihn hat es weggerissen, His life from mine it tore,

Er liegt vor meinen Füßen At my feet a piece of gore,

Als wär's ein Stück von mir As if a part of me.    

Will mir die Hand noch reichen, His hand reached up to hold mine.


Derweil ich eben lad'. I must re-load my gun.

"Kann dir die Hand nicht geben, "My friend, I cannot ease your pain,

Bleib du im ew'gen Leben In life eternal we'll meet again,

Mein guter Kamerad!" And walk once more as one."

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My great uncle flew F-8 Crusader's from carriers, (all-weather fighter squadron) doing ground attack.

Then went back again, flew Phantoms, and then flew heavy lift helicopters.


If you met him you would have no idea he did any of that. He's a Mr. Rogers type person.


And I still find it ironic I shoot down French planes and say salute in French.. :P

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Spent 8 years in the Navy making sure laser guided warheads landed on the right foreheads. Loved watching the videos of stuff gettin blowed up on CAS missions over Afghanistan. Made many a grunts day seeing f/a-18s make mince meat of enemy positions (though not quite as cool as when the warthogs did it, but is anything?).


Special Salute to the boots on the ground. I did my job to make sure they were safe as we could get them.

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