JULY 4, For those who sacrifice for the freedoms you so enjoy!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S.A.

Let’s show our support!

In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past

Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last

Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be

Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

 

From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows

From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

 

Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas

Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams

They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair

Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry On With The Rest of Their Lives

 

The P.O.W.¹S Stood Steadfast

Break time for the prisoners.
by: Ben Steele, POW

Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War

They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did

If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:

 

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry On the Rest Of Their Lives

 

Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike

Surgery aboard ship

Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life

They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night

Not Questioning If They Would Survive:

 

They Mended Bones And Bodies Too,

They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls

 

And for Those M.I.A¹S, Who Were Left Behind

We Echo This Message Across the Seas

We Will search For as Long As It Takes

You¹re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,

In Our Minds For All Time

 

A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

To a Sacred Place That We All Know

Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

 

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers

In Our Minds For All Time

 

These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds

Nisei soldiers

They¹re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons

They Enlisted For the Duty at Hand

To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:

 

They Had Honor, They Had Valor,

They Found Glory That Change Them Forever

 

Men Standing Tall and Proud They be

A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain

In the Winds Across This Land

 

Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here

Gathering Around to Hear This Sound

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds Across This Land

 

 

In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds For All Time

 

Written by Jerry Calow, 2003

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My View – 

 

 

 

 

 

THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Laurens Allen – Bessemer, AL; US Army, WWII, ETO

Salvatore Barone (103) – Tuckahoe, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Sgt.

Hugh Downs – Acron, OH; US Army, WWII

Carlton Hale Jr. – Kenner, LA; US Navy, WWII, Purple Heart

Francis Joannini Jr. – Rockville, MD; US Coast Guard, WWII, PTO, LST-70

Robert Lander – Massapequa Park, NY; USMC, WWII, PTO, 5th Marines

Diane Oldmixon – NYC, NY; Civilian, French Resistance, WWII

Lawson Sakai – Montebello, CA; US Army, WWII, ETO, 442nd RCT, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

David Schmitz – USA; US Air Force, F-16 pilot, 20th Fighter Wing

Henry ‘Jack’ Waters – Bell, FL; US Army, WWII, PTO, Engineer Corps

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 5, 2019, in Current News, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 102 Comments.

  1. Praying that “My View” this 4th, improves by the next.

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful post. Terrific reminders of so many who served. Thank you

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  3. Freedom is not free.
    And there are plenty of people ready to take it away from us if we let them.

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  4. Those words will echo for eternity gp. Thanks for your respectful patriotic post mate.

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  5. A belated Happy Independence Day!

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  6. Yes — in the winds for all time. ❤
    I'm glad you were able to find this despite the WordPress gremlins. I hope the rest of your holiday weekend is excellent, GP. Hugs!

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  7. Happy 4th! Lets remember them who died for the freedom in the world. Michael

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  8. Amen! 🇺🇸 Tweeted this. A Blessed & Happy Independence Day.

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  9. Well, GP, I thought I would let you know that not all of your followers agree with the views expressed in this post and in the comments. Isn’t it time to remove racism from patriotism?
    Have a nice Fourth of July and if you go out in public, please wear a mask!

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  10. Reblogged this on Pacific Paratrooper and commented:

    Somehow this post went backwards 8 months, so I’m reblogging it.

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  11. Happy Fourth of July, GP. Super post.

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  12. Awesome post today, GP. Happy Independence Day. Prayers we can keep saying that everyday. 🇺🇸🎶🇺🇸 Christine

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  13. Being an R.A.F. wife, and grandson in the Marines, I love your posts
    Happy 4th to you.

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  14. 4th of July blessings to all.

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  15. Hear, hear! Happy Independence Day.

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  16. Happy Independence Day GP.
    Leslie

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  17. Happy 4th of July, GP! I am thankful for our soldiers.

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  18. Great tribute to those who made us free! Happy Independence Day, GP! I just finished watching the events yesterday at Mt. Rushmore. The fireworks were awesome and the President’s speech was inspirational. Great history there!

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  19. Thank you to all who served and sacrificed. We are FREE because of you.

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  20. I wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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  21. Reblogged this on John's Notes and commented:
    I think that GP Cox has done a great job with this post celebrating the 4th of July!

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  22. You always do patriotism right, GP. RT.

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  23. Happy 4th, GP. I love the comment by the woman in the stands at the game. It is hoped at large that we not accept or continue to condone kneeling during the anthem and the flag, in disrespect for what they truly represent in this country. God Bless our Veterans!

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  24. Happy 4th of July, folks!

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  25. Hey GP, Hope you and your family have a happy, safe, and patriotic Fourth of July weekend!

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  26. Great post. Thanks for your dedication to our country and what it has always stood for.

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  27. Nothing says it better than that old, well known phrase: Freedom isn’t free. Happy Independence Day, GP.

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  28. Thank you for this post have a happy fourth thanks to all of those who served sacrificing the ultimate to keep us free God bless our country 🧡🧡🧡

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  29. Very patriotic, GP. You’re on a roll, 3 posts this week. 🙂

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  30. Very nice, GP. I hope we all take a few minutes to think about the brave men and women who gave us the ability to celebrate our independence.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. Beautiful poem – thanks for sharing. Happy Independence Day!

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  32. Amen. And Happy 4th !

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  33. Happy independence Day, GP! Thank you for the reminder not to take our freedoms for granted.

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  34. A lovely poem to celebrate your Fourth of July. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  35. Lovely tribute, GP. I hope that you and your family have a nice celebration, and wish a happy indepence day to you all.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  36. Happy Independence Day!

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