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Old 08-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #16
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Speechless. So much more than a ride report. Thank you and all your brothers and sister who serve this wonderful land, The United States of America.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #17
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One of the best reports I've ever read. RA140939016 1966-1969
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:25 AM   #18
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Thank you, Mike. From all of us.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:39 AM   #19
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A big thank you to all that have served our country!
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:38 AM   #20
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Well written. Thank you.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:21 AM   #21
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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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Old 08-03-2011, 10:40 AM   #22
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God Bless you, thank you for giving everything.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:05 AM   #23
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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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Old 08-03-2011, 11:38 AM   #24
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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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Old 08-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #25
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Veterans, 1911s, Motorcycles, Airedales, Wives, Children, and GOOD Friends, these are a few of my favorite things.

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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Old 08-03-2011, 03:04 PM   #26
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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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Old 08-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #27
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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.

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #28
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Great photos. Great stories. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:07 PM   #29
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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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Old 08-05-2011, 07:48 AM   #30
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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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