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It is difficult to accurately count the dollars spent for the Mideast War. It’s in the trillions.
Trillions. Most of us don’t even know how many zeroes are in trillions.
A couple years ago, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government estimated the war has cost us $6 trillion and is rising.
For what? I mean besides lining the vaults of war profiteers.
This war is no longer important enough for the front page of newspapers. A war? Not important enough to make the news?
Let me get this straight: We spend trillions on a war that no one cares about? We send our young troops to places most of us couldn’t find on a map; we change strategies about as often as we change the oil in our cars; we pretend we are patriotic when we see troops at the airport and say to them, “Thank you for your service.”
I don’t think so. We are not patriotic when we send our youth halfway around the world and place them in mortal danger. What purpose is served by sacrificing the lives and futures of American youth?
We are patriotic when we hold our government responsible. We are patriotic when we demand to know where and why our troops are fighting.
I often repeat, if you can’t win a war in five years, maybe you picked the wrong war.
One of the reasons for this extended, unsuccessful, misguided war is ignorance.
Remember the three monkeys? One had his hands over his mouth, another over his ears, another covering his eyes.
Gimme a break. Monkeys ain’t that stupid.
We don’t know the countries in the Middle East and couldn’t name them if we had a map in front of us. We ignore the history and culture of the Middle East.
Another reason – and this may be the more important reason: the volunteer Army.
George Bush’s sly creation of the volunteer Army created a huge chasm that separates citizens from soldiers.
Separating citizens from its armed forces is dangerous.
My opinion of the volunteer Army is simple: It’s a failure. If we’re going to war, we’re all going.
Ignorance was one of the major reasons the Vietnam War was disastrous. We didn’t know where we were going. We had no strategy. We assumed we could kick ass. We pretended the South Vietnam government was somewhat honest.
The cost of that war is still with us. More than 55,000 troopers spilled their blood, never to take another breath. Troopers wounded – by Agent Orange, enemy bullets and ambushes, PTSD – suffer yet today.
John H. Tidyman, editor
198th Light Infantry Brigade
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Instead of family and friends for Thanksgiving,
We share our gratitude with our comrades-in-arms.
We celebrate the mission we were given and the challenges that lie before us.
Though land and sea separate us, we are one with all Americans.
We are one with each other, one with our Country, and one with those we cherish in our hearts.
Bless our table, Lord, and hear us when we say Grace:
“May we be granted peace. May we be granted strength. May we be granted hope that our lives and our sacrifices will make Your world a better place.
“We join with our brothers and sisters who wear the same uniform, who share the same ideals, and express the same gratitude.
“In Your wisdom, You chose us. We pray that our strengths will be worthy of this task at hand.
“Because we are grateful for this challenge, bless the men and women who share our Thanksgiving table. Amen.”
John H. Tidyman
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By Taylor Moore
He was African-American. He was drafted in 1959. He made history. He was my grandfather.
SP/4 Fred Moore was the first black troop to join the 3rd Infantry Brigade, The Old Guard, which since 1948 has guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
When his draft notice arrived, the Cleveland native was not pleased. ”I was working and the draft notice just rubbed me the wrong way.” The last place he wanted to be was in Army basic training, where life dramatically changes.
Fate had other ideas.
At Fort Knox, Kentucky, he marched instead of walking. There was no dining room; he ate in the mess hall. Shoes were replaced by boots. No private bed or bedroom; Moore slept on a bunk bed in the barracks. He learned to accurately fire a rifle and clean it well enough to satisfy his drill sergeant.
His platoon sergeant told the new troops, “The Army can do more to you than you can do to the Army.” The sergeant should have said, “The Army can do more for you than you can do for the Army.”
While still in basic training, he was called to an officer’s office. The officer told Moore he had scored exceptionally well on tests. At 6 feet 1 inch, Moore was an impressive troop.
The officer asked Moore if he would like to be in the Honor Guard Company.
Moore had no idea what the officer was talking about.
The officer told Moore the 3rd Infantry Brigade was called The Old Guard. Among its duties, The Old Guard protected the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb is on a hilltop in Arlington National Cemetery. Come hell or high water, these spit-shined troops faithfully perform their duties.
Moore accepted the assignment.
The Old Guard Honor Company also provides an escort platoon, a casket platoon, a firing party, and a color guard. Moore was first assigned to the firing party. “We served military funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. Sometimes we did funerals every half hour.”
There was more. He and his unit were part of parades and ceremonies. For visiting dignitaries, his unit was assigned as the ceremonial guard.
Though there is a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., visitors don’t pay much attention to the scenery. They are focused on the white marble sarcophagus and the lone soldier who guards it, 21 steps at a time. While there has been a 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week military guard at the Tomb since July of 1937, the 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) didn’t assume its watch until 1948.
“You were busy all the time. You were busy, just about every day. When I first got there, once I got my training and settled into the company, I was on the military firing party, we did military funerals in Arlington National Cemetery,” Moore recalled. “We fired the rifles over the graves, and we did that five days out of the week. Sometimes, we would have burials every half-hour on the hour.
“The next thing I know, the word came back to the company that they told me to get my stuff, I was moving out of the 3rd Platoon, I was going down to the Tomb Guard platoon, I was going into training, and that was in January. So I went into training in January and in March I became a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” he said.
My grandpa was a man among men. He is loving, modest, and his service to the Unknown Soldier is exemplary. http://vsc.cuyahogacounty.us
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was created by former Governor George V. Voinovich in 1992 to demonstrate his concern for Ohio veterans returning home due to military downsizing as a result of the end of the Cold War.
Former Ohio Bureau of Employment Services’ Administrator, James Conrad, proposed the Hall of Fame to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding veterans and realized how such a program would spotlight all veterans’ contributions to the civilian workplace.
In 1992, a special panel of representatives from the state’s veterans organizations was brought together to discuss the idea of establishing the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. The panel endorsed the idea for the purpose of increasing awareness of the lifetime contributions of veterans after completion of honorable military service.
Charter members of the Hall of Fame included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected president of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. A committee of veterans serves as advisors for the Hall of Fame and selects up to 20 inductees annually from nominations solicited from all citizens of Ohio throughout the year. Men and women chosen for this honor come from all eras, all branches of service and all walks of life.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is not a military hall of fame. Those selected for the honor are veterans who have honorably served their country and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow man with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.
Harry A. Donovan
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
Harry Donovan returned from his service in the Navy during World War II and enrolled at the University of Akron. He became a Certified Public Accountant who, after working for others, started his own firm. Harry has also been an active volunteer all his life in his community and with veterans.
He is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 349 and an active supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. He has established a scholarship fund for children of veterans. He is a donor and volunteer with the Summit County Stand-Down for homeless and displaced veterans as well as at the new Valor Home, a 30-bed facility for homeless veterans named after his son, Harry Donovan, Jr., a Vietnam veteran.
In the greater Akron community, Harry has served on the boards of the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce, the Honor Flight of Akron/Canton, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Visiting Nurse Service, and Open-M, a non-profit consisting of all faith organizations that provides food, health care, tutoring and social services for those in need. He was honored in 2012 as Summit County Veteran of the Year. Harry Donovan has given selfless service to many causes.
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