Presidential Unit  Citation                                                Purple Heart    



           Combat Action              Korean Campaign               United Nations                  Navy Occupation                 Nat'l Defense                 Korean War Medal        American Defense       







(1)Click on the  Vietnam Wall  then click on your state, find the city you went to high school/college or the town you lived in and look at the names.
(2)Click on the name and it will give details of the death.



Below (left photo) is a copy of the painting "Hidden Death at Wonsan"  by Richard DeRosset

Right Photo shows Rick Richard (left) standing with Artist Richard DeRossett in front of painting 

in the Memorial Building located at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego  



(Click on Photos to enlarge)


This painting will be used as the cover art on the forthcoming novel "Wooden Ships and Iron Men:  The U.S. Navy's Coastal & Motor Minesweepers, 1941-1953.

By David Bruhn, Commander U.S. Navy (Ret)

Bruhn"s book is dedicated to the "iron men" that have served since 1941 in wooden-hulled minesweepers, and particularly those sweep sailors, many of them reservists, who went in harm's way during World War II and the Korean War. 

Click on the site below for more information 



Veteran to Veteran


                                                       When a Veteran leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are 
                                                       jealous, some are pleased, and others, who may have already
                                                       retired, wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already 

                                                      1. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few
                                                          experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times.
                                                      2. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which
                                                          lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet.
                                                      3. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him
                                                          with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how 

                                                          the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.
                                                      These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously,

                                                      still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look 

                                                      at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do; only grown 

                                                      in a lifetime of knowing.
                                                     Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life.
                                                     You are only escaping the 'job' and merely being allowed to leave 'active' duty.
                                                     So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your 

                                                     heart you never forget for one moment that you are still a member of the 

                                                     greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
NOW! Civilian Friends vs. Veteran Friends Comparisons
                                                     CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you're too busy to talk to them for a week.
                                                     VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry 

                                                    on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
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  FRIENDSCIVILIAN: Have never seen you cry.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
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                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowd's ass that left you behind.
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences...
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could

                                                    ever dream of...
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've had 

                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, 

                                                   'You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!' Then carry you home 

                                                    safely and put you to bed...
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                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock the hell out OF THEM for using your
                                                    name in vain.
                                                    CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
                                                    VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.
                                                   A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or reserve- is someone who, at one

                                                   point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The citizens of the 

                                                   United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life'. 
                                                   From one Veteran to another, it's an honor to be in your company. Thank you.



Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...


Arlington Guard at the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier"


Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

You hear too much about the bad things people do.
Everyone should hear about this.


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