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2014-03-09 05:19:12 PM  
How did the undertaker fit his GIGANTIC BRASS BALLS in a casket?

RIP, Sir. Your business of Nazi Killin' was something we should be proud of.
 
2014-03-09 05:53:28 PM  
He and some of the other guys from Easy Company did a USO tour to the Middle East a few years back.  Sadly, I missed it.  Tough old bastard still practices excellent trigger discipline (that's him with the M4/M203:


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2014-03-09 06:02:21 PM  
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R.I.P. COLONEL BAT GUANO
 
2014-03-09 06:05:38 PM  
"Crazy Joe McCloskey was f*cking nuts, Babe, that's why they called him Crazy Joe."
 
2014-03-09 06:17:26 PM  

Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 450x305]

R.I.P. COLONEL BAT GUANO

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RIP BEAR JEW.
 
2014-03-09 06:24:25 PM  
I'm sure he was a favorite character for most people who watched Band of Brothers.  I haven't read much about the real man, but if the mini series depiction was at all accurate, he was one badass motherfarker.
 
2014-03-09 06:29:56 PM  
Sad to see another one head into the sunset.

I happened to spend 5 hours sitting next to Herb Suerth in Louisville airport earlier this week;  we were both waiting for flights in the face of an ice storm (his left, mine didn't).

Suerth was a replacement, sent to Easy just in time for Bastogne;  he was badly wounded at Foy.  As I sat and talked with him, I got such a sense of decency, quiet heroism and the selflessness that seemed to permeate that generation.  A humble, thankful man who went through hell, and then went home to marry his sweetheart (still married 65 years later; she phoned several times to make sure he was OK) and proud of his nine kids.

You gotta like an 89 year-old who still enjoys an Old-Fashioned with lunch.
 
2014-03-09 06:44:48 PM  
RIP, Hero
 
2014-03-09 06:58:41 PM  

Hoban Washburne: I'm sure he was a favorite character for most people who watched Band of Brothers.  I haven't read much about the real man, but if the mini series depiction was at all accurate, he was one badass motherfarker.


assuming what was shown on tv was accurate, the man had his farking leg blown off by artillery, and was making JOKES while being carried away on a stretcher.
That is way more badass than I could ever be.
 
2014-03-09 07:40:57 PM  
Godspeed, and condolences to the Guarnere family.
 
2014-03-09 07:47:42 PM  

Sgt Otter: He and some of the other guys from Easy Company did a USO tour to the Middle East a few years back.  Sadly, I missed it.  Tough old bastard still practices excellent trigger discipline (that's him with the M4/M203:


[www.valorstudios.com image 504x333]


Holy crap. You'd think a gun that big would knock him right out of the chair.

I guess his huge steel testicles are anchoring him to his seat.
 
2014-03-09 07:49:43 PM  
R.I.P. Gonorrhea
 
2014-03-09 07:51:27 PM  
Appropriate use of Hero tag.
 
2014-03-09 07:57:48 PM  
That's great. Now get your nose out of my face.

/goodnight funny Phillyman.
 
2014-03-09 07:59:38 PM  
Thankful I got to meet him in 2011 at an airshow and thank him.
 
2014-03-09 08:04:14 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Sgt Otter: He and some of the other guys from Easy Company did a USO tour to the Middle East a few years back.  Sadly, I missed it.  Tough old bastard still practices excellent trigger discipline (that's him with the M4/M203:


[www.valorstudios.com image 504x333]

Holy crap. You'd think a gun that big would knock him right out of the chair.

I guess his huge steel testicles are anchoring him to his seat.


It's a standard issue. It looks "big" due to the M203 grenade launcher.

RIP Guarnere.
 
2014-03-09 08:04:35 PM  
ah shiat I can't say anything

/tears
 
2014-03-09 08:07:53 PM  

nyseattitude: Gyrfalcon: Sgt Otter: He and some of the other guys from Easy Company did a USO tour to the Middle East a few years back.  Sadly, I missed it.  Tough old bastard still practices excellent trigger discipline (that's him with the M4/M203:


[www.valorstudios.com image 504x333]

Holy crap. You'd think a gun that big would knock him right out of the chair.

I guess his huge steel testicles are anchoring him to his seat.

It's a standard issue. It looks "big" due to the M203 grenade launcher.

RIP Guarnere.


Yeah, but he's a little withered old man, so it balances out. He looks pretty spry in that pic, though.
 
2014-03-09 08:09:23 PM  
The series? Who gives a fark. Dude was drafted and volunteered for the most dangerous branch and served through most of the European War. Some people have heroes in fiction. Some people have heroes in Sports stars.

Whatever. These guys are MY heroes. Because they went and fought in the largest war the world will ever probably see. They're dying at a accelerated rate too. I am so cynical lately with all the stupid BS politics but these guys really make me tear up. They did remarkable things because they were expected too, because they choose too. It takes alot to be in combat. A lot.

RIP Bill. And thank you.
 
2014-03-09 08:13:00 PM  
Obituary
Earl E "Mac" McClung, 90, was born April 27, 1923, to Jess and Irene McClung in Inchelium, Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation, and died at his home in Pueblo West, Colorado on November 27, 2013. Earl parachuted into France on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Earl is survived by his wife, Jean, of the family home; one daughter, Mary McClung (Bill Shaw); granddaughter, Maye Klamm; grandchildren, Kayla and Brandon. He is also survived by his sister, Viola Rusk; brothers, Gary McClung and Mike Seyler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Larry; daughter, Tempe Jean, and sister, Dots.
There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.
Memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com
RIP One Lung McClung. Welcome your brother...
 
2014-03-09 08:13:21 PM  

trotsky: The series? Who gives a fark. Dude was drafted and volunteered for the most dangerous branch and served through most of the European War. Some people have heroes in fiction. Some people have heroes in Sports stars.

Whatever. These guys are MY heroes. Because they went and fought in the largest war the world will ever probably see. They're dying at a accelerated rate too. I am so cynical lately with all the stupid BS politics but these guys really make me tear up. They did remarkable things because they were expected too, because they choose too. It takes alot to be in combat. A lot.

RIP Bill. And thank you.


This you?
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2014-03-09 08:15:30 PM  
Rest well, sir.
 
2014-03-09 08:16:02 PM  
be cool to each other in here, guys. Be cool.
 
2014-03-09 08:28:44 PM  
From his book:

"What you don't know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year-even if you come home without a scratch-you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you're going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don't see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It's like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war-words can't begin to describe it."
 
2014-03-09 08:30:55 PM  
RIP Bill. Thank you for your service.
 
2014-03-09 08:31:30 PM  

Hack Patooey: From his book:

"What you don't know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year-even if you come home without a scratch-you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you're going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don't see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It's like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war-words can't begin to describe it."


Speaking as a combat vet myself: He's completely correct. You can't explain it, but it's always there.
 
2014-03-09 08:35:50 PM  
RIP, sir.
 
2014-03-09 08:36:29 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Sgt Otter: He and some of the other guys from Easy Company did a USO tour to the Middle East a few years back.  Sadly, I missed it.  Tough old bastard still practices excellent trigger discipline (that's him with the M4/M203:


[www.valorstudios.com image 504x333]

Holy crap. You'd think a gun that big would knock him right out of the chair.

I guess his huge steel testicles are anchoring him to his seat.


M16 has little kickback and the M203 has even less.  Fun to shoot with it's signature "Thup!"
 
2014-03-09 08:37:52 PM  
There are times that I wish I had joined the military just so I could give men like this the salute they deserve.

Instead, I will raise my glass
 
2014-03-09 08:41:16 PM  
Thank all sipo very much for their service, you are the best.
 
2014-03-09 08:43:55 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: Sad to see another one head into the sunset.

I happened to spend 5 hours sitting next to Herb Suerth in Louisville airport earlier this week;  we were both waiting for flights in the face of an ice storm (his left, mine didn't).

Suerth was a replacement, sent to Easy just in time for Bastogne;  he was badly wounded at Foy.  As I sat and talked with him, I got such a sense of decency, quiet heroism and the selflessness that seemed to permeate that generation.  A humble, thankful man who went through hell, and then went home to marry his sweetheart (still married 65 years later; she phoned several times to make sure he was OK) and proud of his nine kids.

You gotta like an 89 year-old who still enjoys an Old-Fashioned with lunch.


I am so jealous of you, I am glad you got that opportunity and that you took advantage of it, there unfortunately won't be many more.
 
2014-03-09 08:45:35 PM  

Kittypie070: be cool to each other in here, guys. Be cool.


(Passes bowl)

Solidarity in remembrance and celebration of a life well lived by two from opposing sides of the political aisle seems very appropriate.

Rest in peace good sir.
 
2014-03-09 08:51:59 PM  
Thanks, Canis.

*raises bowl to Wild Bill, takes a respectful puff*
 
2014-03-09 08:55:35 PM  
Currahee!
 
2014-03-09 08:56:15 PM  

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RIP

 
2014-03-09 09:01:03 PM  
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RIP, Wildman of Easy Company
 
2014-03-09 09:04:49 PM  
Those guys fought so all Americans can live free.

We may as well hold up our end of the deal.
 
2014-03-09 09:18:02 PM  
Nuts.
 
2014-03-09 09:18:36 PM  
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2014-03-09 09:21:57 PM  

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RIP


Your name, will not forget it.

 
2014-03-09 09:30:41 PM  
I pen pals with him for a little bit.  Hell of a man.
 
2014-03-09 09:31:29 PM  
Argh... WAS WAS  I WAS pen pals with him for a little bit.
 
2014-03-09 09:31:34 PM  

i.r.id10t: There are times that I wish I had joined the military just so I could give men like this the salute they deserve.

Instead, I will raise my glass


Coming from a 20 year Veteran, you just did.
 
2014-03-09 09:35:08 PM  
RIP Wild Bill.
 
2014-03-09 09:41:05 PM  
 
2014-03-09 09:54:32 PM  
Screaming Eagles, Sergeant!
101st-airborne.synthasite.com
 
2014-03-09 09:55:26 PM  
Combat veterans have to go through things I can never understand.  That includes our contemporary soldiers of the Gulf wars.  Thank you to every one of you who do, or did, your duty--sometimes at the behest of those who have no idea what the correct plan of attack should be.

Rest in peace Mr. Guarnere, hero to millions--you were the face of thousands who toiled without the fame brought by Stephen Ambrose's book.  Thank you for doing things I didn't have the courage to do.  And thank you for contributing to the umbrella of safety my children live under.
 
2014-03-09 10:19:10 PM  

Rusty Shackleford: Sad to see another one head into the sunset.

I happened to spend 5 hours sitting next to Herb Suerth in Louisville airport earlier this week;  we were both waiting for flights in the face of an ice storm (his left, mine didn't).

Suerth was a replacement, sent to Easy just in time for Bastogne;  he was badly wounded at Foy.  As I sat and talked with him, I got such a sense of decency, quiet heroism and the selflessness that seemed to permeate that generation.  A humble, thankful man who went through hell, and then went home to marry his sweetheart (still married 65 years later; she phoned several times to make sure he was OK) and proud of his nine kids.

You gotta like an 89 year-old who still enjoys an Old-Fashioned with lunch.


Wish we could can whatever these guys had coursing through their veins that made them so. One of my favorite parts of my time at a VA hospital was getting to meet some of the last vets around from WWII. One of them had his anniversary while in the hospital. Married 65 years. Lied about his age to serve in the pacific. Wanted to hug him every morning when I saw him in the ICU. A friend managed to break all the rules and get him outside, vent and all, when the powers weren't looking. Hr died shortly after, as we all knew he would. I'm glad I wasn't there. I would have basked my head off.

/ok, now I'm sad.
 
2014-03-09 10:27:07 PM  

Cyclometh: Hack Patooey: From his book:

"What you don't know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year-even if you come home without a scratch-you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you're going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don't see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It's like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war-words can't begin to describe it."

Speaking as a combat vet myself: He's completely correct. You can't explain it, but it's always there.


All the more reason why I can't stand people playing politics with any of you. The VA and any organization that serves you should have all the money it knows what to do with. I have never willingly walked into a place where people were trying to shoot me, or done it for the benefit of a country. That ti me earns you free grade A healthcare for life, and none if that means testing service connected BS. You served, you get VA care, no questions asked. We can pay for it by scrapping f35 bullcrap, or hell, raise taxes. I'll happily pay my share for that. Thank you for your service.
 
2014-03-09 10:55:24 PM  
Be nice for once if we could have a thread without that farking RIP meme...
 
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