Friday, November 11, 2011


  • The bite of gravel into my palms as I did my best to push Missouri back into the ground, along with 200 of my closest friends
  • The feeling of accomplishment the first time I qualified expert on the M-16
  • The rush I got the first time I did an Australian rappel
  • Sunset at the Asilomar
  • Coming out of the building in Augsburg and realizing I hadn't seen the sun in 6 weeks
  • The sound of a little girl crying because I had told her her mother hadn't survived
  • Sunrise over the Chiracahuas
  • 6 inches of snow in an hour over a convoy of diplomatic cargo in Russia
  • Laying in a snowbank on top of Mount Vis
  • The color and smell of the earth in that field near Mostar
  • Watching young soldiers learn what my team was teaching them
  • Night driving my track
  • The taste of red dirt on four continents.  Seriously, did the Corps of Engineers do a study to find all of the places on earth where there is red clay just so they could send me to visit all of them?
  • The weight of the hanger on the day I hung up my uniform for the last time


RauĆ°bjorn said...

In case no one has said it to you recently; Thank you for your service.

DaddyBear said...

Not me. Thank someone who's been shot at.

Old NFO said...

Thanks ANYWAY DB, you put on the uniform, you ARE a veteran... Plain and simple...

Borepatch said...

I think I'd rather get shot at then have to tell a little girl that her Mom was dead.

Thanks for what you did.

Monsoon Matriarch said...

Sounds like someone's been to my neck of the woods. The real way to spell it is HUA!!

Thanks for your service and your great blog.

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