Duty

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by mikegc, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    Hooah! I will not and cannot say that I understand what you, others, and now, my son, have survived by serving in a combat situation. You are each a true American hero to me. Although I have completed my tour in military service, the "band of brothers" is unique to those who have served, under fire, in combat situations. Thank you for your service, for this ride report, and for sharing something very personal and special. I am honored...
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  2. SquidRavioli

    SquidRavioli Beer Snob

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    God Bless you, thank you for giving everything.
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  3. ggoytia

    ggoytia Mobile Fatso

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    Thank you for taking us on this trp with your pictures and with your Brothers.
    As well as for your service.
    If ever in Fort Worth look me up. There will be a cold beer waiting for you!
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  4. Dillard

    Dillard Seeker

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    Mike,

    great ride report, and that was a hell of a nice thing you did for your buddy. it's an odd thing to leave your family, travel to a foreign land on the other side of the world, and hunt an evil enemy who will use as a weapon against you the killing of innocent women and children of his own country. always in war the innocent suffer most, none more so than the children. it's a difficult thing to see, and helping them sometimes leads to retribution and further suffering after you leave. and i think you men in vietnam may have had the same thought that we in iraq have; that at the end of this war, with all it's costs and casualties, that we (the U.S.) will end up with nothing to show for our efforts. but all the soldier can do is put that in the back of his mind, take care of his buddies, error on the side of aggression, and try to get everyone home alive. it would be nice to know that we made a difference somehow.

    and i applaud you because you sound like the kind of man who's made a difference in more than a few lives. thanks again for the RR. take care Brother.
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  5. tokyoklahoma

    tokyoklahoma 75%has been 25%wanabe

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    Veterans, 1911s, Motorcycles, Airedales, Wives, Children, and GOOD Friends, these are a few of my favorite things.:freaky

    This has been one of the most enjoyable, emotional, and thought provoking ride reports I have read.

    Thank you for your service, and for taking us along for the ride.
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  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...as a son of fathers and brothers who've fought and lived, my greatest appreciation for your story Mike.
    Good stuff.
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  7. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    Wow, you guys are all very kind and I am humbled by your comments. Thank you!

    To Egads1: You and I are probably the only ones on the forum that know about that RA number! By the way, I'm RA12814612 and I think I was in the last training cycle (1968) to get an ASN.

    To Elessar: Thank you for your service. Maybe you never heard a shot fired in anger (Thank God) but you were there nonetheless.

    To Dillard: Thank you for your service in Iraq. Yes, I think you're right about having the same thoughts about the two wars, Vietnam and Iraq. As a solder, you try to do the right thing and not let your friends down in a pinch. As far not having anything to show for your efforts, try not to dwell on that. You never know who benefits from something you did or said. That was drilled into me by many people I look up to. That's why we're all tasked with being and doing our best at all times. You never know who is watching. Please believe me, you made a difference. Again, thank you, too, brother. Take care of yourself.

    Dillard's post reminded me of something. Our forces are making a difference in two wars and making history right now. Please pray for those protecting us.

    Mike
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  8. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Great photos. Great stories. Thanks.
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  9. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Thanks Mike.
    I know this has touched a lot of people's hearts and minds in the best way possible. The Pictures are spectacular, and the Report is every bit as good. Love, Peace, True Joy, and Happiness are best appreciated and truly understood, by those who fought for it and committed everything about themselves so that everyone has a chance to experience it!
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  10. CJS350

    CJS350 n00b

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    Mike this a a beauty of a report! You really are a true friend, and a wonderful story teller. Would you mind if I shared this link with our friends over at www.i-bmw.com ? Or better yet, post it up as a ride tale over there.

    Looking forward to seeing you in March.
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  11. chainslap

    chainslap BlessedarethesicK

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    Outstanding. Thanks for sharing.









    Now if I could just get this speck of dust out of my eye.
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  12. 6gun

    6gun Been here awhile

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    I'm sitting in my room 7,000 miles from home in Iraq. This story sums up so much of why I am here. I only wish to honor the sacrifice others have made by offering myself for the same. It is an honor every time I talk to, or even read the story of the ones who have paved the way for me. Military service is a family tradition that goes back over 150 yrs for my family and my only hope is that I never dissapoint any single one of them. I have played this game for 22 yrs now and the baton passes to my son, as he leaves shortly after my return for Paris Island. Not my first choice of service for him but not my choice at all in reality. Once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart and with all my soul for the path you have paved for me. Now damnit where did I put that allergy medicine, my eyes are watering like hell!
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  13. LoneWolf72

    LoneWolf72 FNG

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    WOW!...I am in AWE sir...really. This is a humbling story and a great gesture by you. I appreciate this story in so many ways. My father is a Vietnam Vet, and although I never served in the military, I would like to think that I serve in my own way(.gov). Dad did his time in the South China Sea (1964-1968), but did his part for the cause. He came home to a career with the Veteran's Administration hospitals. After retirement, he served in VFW honor guards for several years, firing at veteran funerals, sometimes 3 or 4 a day on weekends. I have a lot of respect for him for this selfless act. Thank you for your sharing your story, and thank you for your service.
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  14. GJRider

    GJRider Adventurer

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    Thank you so much for your story and your service to this great country! We really do need to keep our soldiers in our thoughts and prayers, especially as time draws on. Pictures and news stories are seeming to be far and few now a days. Thanks again for your heart warming story.
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  15. patmo

    patmo Been here awhile

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    Mike...have to tell you that for the last 40 years I have thought that nothing good ever came out of that damn war. I see now that I have been wrong. A great thing did come out of that experience, maybe the greatest thing that we humans can have.....a sense of commentment, duty, and honor that can be only formulated during times of great shared danger, and shared only by those that experience it together. I thank you, your brothers, and all that came before you for their service. I thank all that are currently serving. Most of all I thank you for your report and for having opened up the eyes of an old man who still misses his friends that never came back. God bless you.

    Patrick
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  16. Flyboy08

    Flyboy08 Been here awhile

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    Very nice Mike......Thanks for serving and sharing!
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  17. City Man

    City Man Adventurer

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    excellent. Thank you for sharing. :thumb<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  18. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Excellent report.

    Please consider contributing your experiences to the Veteran's History Project with the Library of Congress. Future generations should know of your experiences.

    http://www.loc.gov/vets/
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  19. Ken Hubbell

    Ken Hubbell Adventurer

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    Thank You
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  20. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Tears in my eyes as I read your story. Thanks!

    USCG '54-'69
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