good read

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  1. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    dont know who wrote it but i liked it. really makes you think about what is really important and think about others.

    These don't come along too often...

    As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty-five feet away. I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm, walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yel l at the old gentleman saying, 'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.


    I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.' He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old gentleman that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him. The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked m e for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman. When I shook hands with him earlier he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?' He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over.



    As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card. He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again and I said my goodbye's to his wife. I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of them pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to m e and I said I would and drove off. For some reason I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long, time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name......... 'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.'



    I sat there motionless looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together, because one of us needed help. He was an old man alright, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage and an honor to have been in his presence.



    America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall.
     
  2. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    Thats a great story it makes me feel guilty that i never served my country. God bless all our troops past, present, and future.
     

  3. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Good read Joey, thanks for posting.
     
  4. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    You are correct! It is a wonderful read,I'm honored to have had the privledge to read it!~~~~~~~Sister Pat:big_smile:
     
  5. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Good read Imdeed. Thanks for that ,Joey. I can see that unfolding in my mind every day ,Folks just plain dont give a damn any more ,But there are THE FEW.
     
  6. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    You may have served your country in ways you don't realize...
     
  7. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    That was a good read for sure. Thanks for showing us.

    -Jim-
     
  8. Ruger 454

    Ruger 454 Member

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    The last line about America is at the mall is so right on the money it makes me even prouder of the men and women that are still putting their lives in harms way.I did 4 years of service for our country and I am still to this day proud of that fact.The people that feel entitled to their freedoms and opinions and general lack of social responsibility always seem to forget that there are hundreds of thousands of young people that DIED for them.I could go on and on about the many P.O.S that run their mouths but never put their time in the most honorable of professions but that is one of the many things that have been fought and died for.THANK YOU U.S.MILITARY
     
  9. 45CATFISH

    45CATFISH New Member

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    IN A DAY AND AGE WHEN YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE STRANDED BECAUSE OF ALL THE CRIMES(CARJACKING,ROBBERY,MURDER,ETC.)IT FILLS MY SOUL TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED(MY WIFE FUSSES ME ALOT)THIS IS A GREAT READING. I WISH ALL OF AMERICA COULD HELP AND BE TRUSTED LIKE IN THE DAY'S GONE BY.:0a31:
     
  10. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Thats what its all about. Thanks Joey
     
  11. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    There was a time when our military served for a noble cause. Special interest has somewhat dimished that cause,although our freedoms are largely linked to those special interests. Its a real shame our young people are dying for profits of corporations. I