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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Remember those that gave us the ability to.

    Here's just a little story of one man.

    He was born down Arizona way, remember the area that burnt up last year, that's his home. Anyway, he grew up dirt poor and when Uncle Sam sent him that little letter back around '68 or '69, he answered the call and rode a plane over to that hell in Southeast Asia.

    After his time was up, he came back home. After contemplating his choices, which was getting out, already married and a kid and with the family kind of advising him, he decided that he had found a home in the Army. For the next eighteen years, he traveled around the world to such places as Germany, Greece and pulled a couple tours here in the states at Ft. Carson and Ft. Benning.

    Now you are probably wondering what did this man do for those 18 years? He wasn't a grunt, trampling around the bush with an M-16 nor was he a track busting tanker riding around in 60 tons of steel. Nor did this man ride a desk, but he was one of the unsung heroes of the military, a cook.

    Now you may laugh and some of us have suffered through the tortures of military food, but if you ever get to talk to them and find out what kind of hours they keep to fed the soldiers and having to deal with conditions cooking in the field, it's downright hard ass work.

    This cook's only claim to fame was appearing in a movie that was filmed at Ft. Benning during his last tour there. If y'all remember the movie "Tank" with James Garner that is the one.

    Anyway, he was discharged after 18 years on a medical and went home to Arizona. I was lucky enough to spend some time with him for a couple days fishing up on the Mongollon Rim back in '92. One of his favorite things was telling stories about his adventures while in the Army. I knew they were BS, the family knew they were BS, but being the storyteller he was, we let him go with it.

    A few years ago, he moved to TN so he could watch his granddaughters grow up. He was very proud of them. He never had a lot, but he gave them the love in his heart. He may of been an old-school hardass Army NCO, but once one got through that, he was one of the greatest guys you would ever know.

    Just got the call a few minutes ago. The man that "issued" me my first set of BDU's (was in Jr. High at the time of his retirement) has finally seen the spirit horse and will be traveling up to that home up in the sky for old soldiers.

    His career wasn't anything spectacular, but he was one of the one's who us line doggies always gave crap cause of the food, yet in the back of our hearts, we respected them for the hard work and long hours they put in to keep us fed for battle.

    So tonight when you are watching the fireworks and sipping on that cold one, send a toast up to Ronald LeRoy Towell and say thanks for his part in letting us celebrate our Independance.
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    thanks ronald....and bubba... way to go!..hats off to veterans
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif i respect all veterans no matter what they were. if they were just the person that cleaned the toilets hell i respect em for that. /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif later.

    jacob
     
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    Bubba, I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "An Army travels on it's stomac(sic)". Heres a big /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif to all the cooks that fixed the fine SOS we ate every morning. /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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  6. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    BTT a couple of days early.
     
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    The Fourth of July, America's real Thanksgiving.

    To all of you that have served our country no matter the capacity, and a special thank you to all that have paid the ultimate price so we may all be free, Thank You and Semper Fidelis:usaflag::usaflag::usaflag:

    John
     
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    Heres hoping next year's Independence Day falls on better times and a more thankful america.
     

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