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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: Happy Thanksgiving guys! Reply with quote

When I was in the USMC I can remember flying all day on Thanksgiving Day in Iraq, and getting back to the ship late after the mess hall was closed. I remember we sat around and had cold ham sandwiches and some orange “Kool-Aid” type drink.. We were a little homesick and tired. Mostly we were just thankful to make it back to the ship so we could hit the rack.. wake up early, prep the 53’s for the next ride and get back to it..

Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like without those experiences.. what they taught me and how they formed me.

Returning home from the Marine Corps was not an easy timefor me.. and adjusting to a “normal life” was not something that was easy for me. I seemed to always think about what it was like for all the folks that graduated high school and started to work. Or for those that went to college and could call home or go home when they wanted to. I wondered if my friends who didn’t serve were as thankful as I was when holidays came around and I could go give Grandma a hug. I ended up getting divorced and living in my truck for a while down by the pond.. was a rough time...

But it didn't last forever.. Now I am so thankful for my family… my wonderful children, my grandson, and especially my wonderful bride of 20 years who understands me better than I understand myself at times. I am thankful for all the men and women who serve this great country we live in and I am most thankful for God and his never ending grace.

We have SO much to be thankful for. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and spend as much time with your family as you can! If you can, donate some food at a near by church to help out the less fortunate. If you see a veteran that needs some help, please buy him or her a hot meal! Or a cold beer!

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and can share what youare thankful for with others!

God Bless you and God Bless our great country!

Semper Fi!

Jim
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim, thank you Sir for your service and I hope that you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving as well!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL, especially those far from their families. Protecting those of us who have the good fortune to be here with ours.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many X 10 to the above posts,,, could not have said it any better!!!! wtg wtg wtg  
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-men, Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!!!  
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving to all
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Thanksgiving to you Stick Slinger! Thoughtful post, appreciate you sharing your reflections on life. We used to have more of that on this site. Thanks so much for giving me a fresh perspective for today wtg
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Thanks for the post Capt. Jim!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jim for a great Thanksgiving post! wtg  
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