Merry Christmas to all-



Ha! That's funny, I work with a girl named Heather Locklear. Not the same one but it's just funny. Merry Christmas, AM.
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wrote:

Gabrielle Reilly, Heidi Klum, or Kim Richards would be fine with me. I have very eclectic tastes... ;-p
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Would you settle for her web address :-)
Merry Christmas,
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...and to all a good night.
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keep your powder dry and whistle wet.
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My Christmas wish is much more simple that those (though probably more difficult for Sanrta to deliver. I'd just like to have some peace in the world.
Best wishes to all for a happy Christmas and my condolences to my British friends who have to wait for Boxing Day to see what Santa brought you ;~).
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You want peace, we want a piece... where's the difficulty. ;-) LOL... Merry Christmas Bill.
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iceberg, goldberg...wait wrong story. there was a priest, a rabbi and a ...
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(Bill Woodier) wrote:

yeah, peace, what a novel idea. i agree, just gimmie some peace, santa.
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Amen to that Bill, we need a LOT more peace in the world.
And ya know after reading sevearl letters in my local newspaper, I've gotta say that I think that Gene Roddenberry had the right idea when he came up with the IDIC for the Vulcans. Infinate Diversity in Infinate Combinations.
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I realize that all the posts about Christmas ans Christman memories and all have been light-hearted and humorous. My wish for peace was a serious if, in reality, an unachievable one.
My most memorable (not necessarily my happiest) Christmas actually happened two days late.
My Recon Team received its Frag order for the next patrol on the evening of 25 December 1967. The next day we prepared for a 5-day recon patrol and on the morning of 27 December we were waiting on the LZ for the helos. We were scheduled to be the second insert of the day on the morning of 27 December but the team going into the first recon location took heavy fire, wounding two before they could even get off the birds and they diverted to Charlie Med with the casualties. The helos were also hit and needed some emergency repairs so our insert was delayed until early afternoon. When we finally were inserted and the helos departed, all was quiet. We moved as quickly as we could up the finger of the hill to a point where we set up an OP to observe enemy activity. We saw a lot of movement in the valley below and called in several artillery fire missions on the NVA troops and it didn't take the NVA long to figure out where the guys calling the artillery in were at.
At about 1630, I had just relieved one of the other guys on the spotter scope on the OP and he was moving back up to the top of the hill where the rest of the team was. He had just disappeared from view when the whole hillside literally erupted in gunfire. We grabbed our gear and sprinted back to the lager site.
I broke into the clearing just in time to see my good friend, LCPL Ronald Frederick Kitzke (of Wawatosa WI) go down. He was leaning forward looking for movement down the trail when an NVA leapt out with an Ak-47 and fired a three round burst; all three hit Ski. The force of the impact threw him backward and onto the ground. As Doc Highum rushed to Ski, I dispatched the NVA with my 12-Ga. and then went to Ski as well. Two of the rounds had gone through his open mouth and exited the back of his neck on either side of the spine. The third hit him in the upper right chest and it exited the middle of his back.
An airborne FAC was diverted from another mission and was overhead within about 10 minutes and began directing artillery and fixes wing air support on the NVA surrounding us and their reserves in the valley below.
CH-46s tried to get in to extract us but they were badly short up and had to abort. More air support and artillery was called in. It was now getting dark and it had been some two hours since Ski was hit and Doc had not been able to completely control Ski's bleeding. The NVA were preparing for a final assault to roll us up when an AC-47 and flareship showed up. The mini-guns finally broke the NVA assault and another flight of helos came and we were able to get out. Normally two helos wound come but, in this instance, due to the still hot LZ only one was going to land and we were all going to get on it.
The helo didn't circle or anything; he just came straight in and settled on the little hilltop with the front of the helo hanging out over the slope while we walking wounded carried Ski and the immobile wounded aboard and we lifter off for Charlie Med. On the way to Charlie Med, Ski succumbed to his wounds and loss of blood in my lap on the floor of the helo.
Ski and I went through Boot Camp and Infantry training together. I even spend a couple days of my leave with him before we reported back to Camp Pendleton for Recon School together and then deployment to Nam together. We were good friends and I will never forget that day; nor will I ever forget Ronald Frederick Kitzke. As the anniversary of his loss approaches, I am making a feeble attempt here to remember him and honor his memory.
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DC:
I did not take your comment as making light of my Christmas wish at all. My post about my most memorable Christmas experience was not a reaction to your post but, as I indicated, just my way of doing something public to remember Ski on the anniversary of his loss.
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And snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Bill Woodier) opened up and revealed to the world

Bill,
Thank you, I am sure that Ski, and all of those that you've lost appreciate that you still think of them and try to celebrate and keep their memory alive.
I think that if we were to all think about those who have lost their lives in defending not only our country, but all countries around the world that that may help to bring about more peace in the world. Like you though as much as we would love for their to be more peace in the world (you and those like you because of the greater sacrifices you all have made, and myself and others like myself who were/are willing to make such sacrifices) realize that peace isn't going to come easily, or overnight, if at all. But it is something that we should always be striving for.
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and ex-wife of two Veterans) lives in a condo where

That is just plain wrong
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And trumped in California courts at least half a dozen times. Probably in other states as well.
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Does she live in the US? If so, She should be able to fly her country's flag as she pleases. While I do not fly it every dday, I fly the flag on every holiday. I'd almost love for my community association to try that crap here. I'd fly it every damn day. Hell, I might even light it so I could fly it 24 hours a day and dare them to make me take it down. Then I'd go directly to SEN Warner (a former Marine combat pilot) and ask him what he thought of it.
Your Mom should contact her local VFW or American Legion (or both). Then I'd have her contact Fox news and her local television station community involvment representative (like & on your side, etc). I suspect the heat they could generate would fix the issue quickly.
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And snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Bill Woodier) opened up and revealed to the world wrote in message:

Bill,
Yes, she lives here in the States, here in NY as a matter of fact. But, sadly, my mom is one of those who doesn't like to rock the boat, or to make waves. After writing the letter to the editor, and then calling Tommy Lee Walker at WRWD 107.3 started talking about it. He thought it'd be just a portion of his show. But, because of all the calls he got it ended up being pretty much his whole show.
I agree with you though that she should contact either the VFW or the American Legion or as you say both. Hell she is or was a member the American Legion down in Florida through a boyfriend of hers.
Personally I think that it is criminal that an American Citizen cannot fly the American Flag in front of their home. I can gurentee you that IF it was me I'd do like you, and let them try to tell someone who served 11-years (between Active Duty and Reserves) in the US Army that they couldn't fly the American Flag. And then I'd get in touch with the VFW, the American Legion, and I'd start looking for any and all local politians that are themselves vets.
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Digital_Cowboy wrote:

New York! That explains everything!
                Bill Shuey (who resides in the very similar Socialist welfare Republic of Maryland)
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Bill,
The only reason I'm back in this "hell-hole" of a state is to take care of my Grandmother. IF she didn't need help I'd still be down in Sunny Florida where right now I would NOT be freezing my tail off. . .;-)
But it's better that I come up here to NY and take care of my Grandmother then have her ending up in a nursing home where 6 - 12 months later she'd end up passing away. . .
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