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(YouTube)   Today is the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Con Thien. This is where subby's father was awarded the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. "Whatever It Takes"   (youtube.com) divider line 29
    More: Hero, Con Thien, STAFF SERGEANT CHARLES DENSON, North Vietnamese, Bronze Star, subalterns, United States Marine Corps  
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2012-05-08 12:31:45 AM  
I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad
 
2012-05-08 12:39:26 AM  
Not familiar with the battle -I'll WIKI it through the night.

\sorry your ole man had to be there Subby
 
2012-05-08 12:53:25 AM  
+1
 
2012-05-08 06:49:15 AM  

violentsalvation: +1


Seconded
 
2012-05-08 08:42:14 AM  

Elmo Jones: I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad


*Salutes your father*
 
2012-05-08 09:13:50 AM  

Elmo Jones: I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad


Your dad deserves the hero tag. Every farking year. Every time I biatch about how things are rough for me... money problems, strains on my relationship... my brother in law's father (5 years in Vietnam) gracefully* explains how things could be worse for me.

*not gracefully.
 
2012-05-08 09:53:58 AM  
Hero indeed. Much respect and awe.

That being said, the narrator sure does sound like the Chocolate Rain guy.
 
2012-05-08 10:06:16 AM  
Awesome, proud to be a Marine. Semper Fi
 
2012-05-08 10:28:41 AM  
Terrific video subby, and one that made for some interesting wikiing,

Thank you for making it.
 
2012-05-08 11:15:04 AM  
Salute and many thanks to your dad subby. He was indeed a remarkable man.
 
2012-05-08 11:17:51 AM  
Subby might have a career as a Morgan Freeman impersonator ahead of him.
 
2012-05-08 11:30:26 AM  
Watching that made me upset at the fact that the USAF has recently given out Bronze Stars for people that work in base finance...

/In the USAF
//Semper Fi, Gunny
 
2012-05-08 11:32:08 AM  
CSB....was gonna go somewhere else, and you know it's coming, but I didn't wanna be that guy.

\Semper Fib!
\\Wait...I AM that guy.
 
2012-05-08 11:48:36 AM  
All gave some, some gave all. My respects to your Father.
 
2012-05-08 11:48:59 AM  

Elmo Jones: I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad


Nice post, although you don't look much like your Dad.
 
2012-05-08 11:59:34 AM  
GySgt Denson and those like him, are shining examples of what U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, CoastGuardsmen, and (especially) Marines should be. I am proud to be counted with men like GySgt Denson as members of the United States Armed Forces. Every male member of my family has served in each of the branches, are also proud to have men such as GySgt Denson stand with them. I salute you sir (and yes I know, you're a Sgt and you work for a living) and thank you for your sacrifice those many years ago. I also salute those who are still in uniform and thank them for their sacrifice as well.

Yours Truly,
DesertMP
Sgt E-5
U.S. Army
82nd Airborne
16th Airborne MP Brigade
351st Military Police Company
1987-1992
 
2012-05-08 01:14:16 PM  

downstairs: Elmo Jones: I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad

Your dad deserves the hero tag. Every farking year. Every time I biatch about how things are rough for me... money problems, strains on my relationship... my brother in law's father (5 years in Vietnam) gracefully* explains how things could be worse for me.

*not gracefully.


Great story

I wonder if I had been placed in a situation like this when I was younger would it have given me the life perspective necessary to not live my life as a miserable complaining fark?
 
2012-05-08 01:17:24 PM  
Wow...he sounds like he was an amazing man and leader. You should be (and clearly are) very proud of his as well. I'm glad this got a green light.
 
2012-05-08 03:48:41 PM  
My god, we are now talking about Vietnam in terms of nearly half a century ago... So to kids today, Vietnam feels like it was as long ago as WWII did when I was a kid.

That seems weird.

+1 to your dad.
 
2012-05-08 04:09:03 PM  
What an attention whore! Last month was the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Con Carne. You didn't hear me bragging about it, and the Core sure as hell didn't award me any medals for it!
 
2012-05-08 04:30:18 PM  
Thank You, everyone. Including the snarkers. Dad loved a good joke, and could bust balls like ringing a bell. He would have said that he was no hero, he was doing what it took to get home.
Today, I'll stand a little taller, a little more broad in the shoulders, with just a little more weight in my heart.
fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net
This was taken shortly before the attack.
The man could give you a black eye and a fat lip with the same punch, and you probably earned it.
 
2012-05-08 05:39:54 PM  
Dude...you should look into voice acting!

/semper fi
//1371 91-99
 
2012-05-08 07:36:46 PM  
To all those who have gone before us...

*presents arms*
 
2012-05-08 09:12:32 PM  

Mr.PrettyDick: Watching that made me upset at the fact that the USAF has recently given out Bronze Stars for people that work in base finance...

/In the USAF
//Semper Fi, Gunny


Citation needed
 
2012-05-08 09:15:16 PM  

KidneyStone: Mr.PrettyDick: Watching that made me upset at the fact that the USAF has recently given out Bronze Stars for people that work in base finance...

/In the USAF
//Semper Fi, Gunny

Citation needed


Never mind. I'm stunned.

/Just finished some artwork for a memorial patch for a Marine killed in 2010 in Afghanistan
 
2012-05-08 11:08:39 PM  
Great job on the video Elmo Jones, way cool pics and professional narration. I appreciate your perseverance in bringing it to us.

/Looks like you've got that whole fifth commandment thing down pat. Way to go.
 
2012-05-09 05:35:49 AM  

Elmo Jones: I'll post it every year, until it gets approved.
/Semper Fi, Dad


Don't stop now.

/Salutes
 
2012-05-09 09:10:09 AM  
Elmo Jones, you have a right to be proud. My father served two tours in the Marines there also.

I had to laugh though, because when I was eight, I met the man who signed his citation, General Victor Krulak. He fought in WWII, Korea, AND Viet Nam. His son was Commandant of the Marine Corps in the 1990's. But what I'll always remember about him, is that he was MY size! He was the smallest Marine in history. That's him, front row, fifth from the right:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-09 01:03:50 PM  

Mr.PrettyDick: Watching that made me upset at the fact that the USAF has recently given out Bronze Stars for people that work in base finance...

/In the USAF
//Semper Fi, Gunny


My Dad, Tech Sargent in the USAF, was offered the Purple Heart in Vietnam because of a one inch gash on his finger that required four stitches; front line unit, motor pool, he was tightening a bolt on a jeep for Major or Captain so-and-so and the wrench slipped. His CO was absolutely serious about putting in for the award "a morale booster, your kids will be proud..." & Dad told him we would all be proud if he came back alive & not too damaged, unlike some of the guys who did something to deserve the honor. Then he'd say "War isn't just hell, it's also stupid", and launch into telling more stupid incidents from the Korean "police action" & being a teenager on the post pika-boom cleanup crew in Japan. He never talked about the hell part.


/Thanks, Staff Sargent Denson.
 
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