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LTC Stephen C.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs, I read the article containing the excerpt. Profoundly sad. Whenever I hear the phrase Gold Star Mothers (Families), this Birmingham News photograph comes to mind, taken at the Birmingham (AL) Veterans Day Parade on 11NOV11. My friend's accompanying words were, "I was unable to hold back the tears at the Birmingham Veterans Day parade as I watched the Gold Star Mothers go by holding large pictures of their sons that gave their all." LTC Stephen F. CW3 Jim Norris SGT David T.
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SGT David T.
SGT David T.
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LTC Stephen C. Totally depressing me on Friday....stop that lol
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CW3 Jim Norris
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Having served as a survivor assistance officer, it is a gut wrenching thing to be part of. Much worse than being shot at yourself, for there is absolutely nothing you can do to help. Oh sure, she screams her agony and pounds on your chest calling you all sorts of names she would never say again in her life....then clings to you and sobs......I would rather go on 5 more tours than to have to do this one more time goes through your mind. The children eventually ask you why this happened to their daddy and why he can't get better and come home. Finally the woman's mother and father arrive and you become the specter in the room awaiting a time to help with the process of her becoming an 'official' widow' and death benefit recipient. In a few weeks you become pretty good friends and sometimes the phone calls continue for months......death is a respecter of no home or any relationship - it comes and rends hearts and minds forever.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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Extraordinary, CW3 Jim Norris, simply extraordinary.
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Sgt John Earley
Sgt John Earley
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I remember stuff...being a casket guard is something else.
Had a friend I just meet that came from Vietnam... the whole tour over there, being shot at , been close to being blown up by grenades. Then one day here on state side he goes on bivouac training... I said to him be careful I feel something is going to happen. Two days before the weekend we were going to go to his house for a week time off....the hardest part of being a casket guard is giving the mother his flag....i remember ushering all His pretty little lady's up to the casket...
Every one complimented me on the way I performed his duties...
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LTC Stephen F.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs I had not yet read "When A Military Family Becomes A Gold Star Family. I hope I never have an opportunity to be Gold Star Family.
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Sgt John Earley
Sgt John Earley
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If you are Military, you are already a gold star family. Remember, you know what that Soldier did.........
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