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1/2 Boy 1/2 Man??!

Discussion in 'Prayers & Support' started by hoosiertaco, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Dec 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    hoosiertaco [OP] Well-Known Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    I typically don't like chain e-mails but this was a good one and worth sharing for sure!!hoosiertaco

    I believe this is better reading than the political crap that is being sent though emails.

    If you read this, you WILL forward it on.

    You just won't be able to stop yourself.

    The average age of the military man is 19 years.

    He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,

    under normal circumstances is considered by

    society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind

    the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old

    enough to die for his country. He never really

    cared much for work and he would rather wax

    his own car than wash his father's, but he has

    never collected unemployment either.


    He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport

    activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a

    steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when

    he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

    He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he

    was at home because he is working or fighting

    from before dawn to well after dusk. He has

    trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,

    but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and

    reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite

    to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

    He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

    He can march until he is told to stop,

    or stop until he is told to march.

    He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation,

    but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

    He is self-sufficient.

    He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

    He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never

    to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend

    his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

    If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you

    are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition

    with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

    He has learned to use his hands like weapons

    and weapons like they were his hands.

    He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.


    He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

    He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

    He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..


    He feels every note of the National Anthemvibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

    In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

    Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.


    He has asked nothing in return, except

    our friendship and understanding.

    Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

    And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.


    As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ..

    A short lull, a little shade and a picture of

    loved ones in their helmets.


    Prayer wheel for our military... please don't

    break it Please send this on after a short prayer.

    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. Amen.'

    When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmenin the air, and for those in Iraq , Afghanistanand all foreign countries.

    There is nothing attached...

    This can be very powerful...


    Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

    I can't break this one, sorry.

    Pass it on to everyone and pray.


  2. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    hoosiertaco [OP] Well-Known Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    Sorry. I can't get the pictures to show up. They show up if I go into edit mode, but not on the thread.
  3. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    ColtsTRD .....

    May 13, 2009
    First Name:
    2005 TRD DCSB
    That gave me goose bumps :(

    Forwarding right now to my family and friends :thumbsup:

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