General Nancy Pelosi has time to go to Syria and talk with the enemy, yet cannot seem to fit Gen. David Petraeus in her schedule. Perhaps she's still focused on getting something, anything through Congress; oh yeah, there was the two-vote majority vote to cut funding for the war, but it's predestined for presidential veto.
So much for the the dems' 2006 "mandate".
Petraeus was ordered to leave his post on the other side of the world for the express purpose of briefing the very Congress that threatens to devastate his ability to conduct the war and protect his troops. But Pelosi can't be bothered to meet with him.
And as a special welcome for Patraeus yesterday, the Pelosi-House voted 218-208 to pull our troops out of Iraq starting Oct. 1... thereby signaling the ragheads we have accepted political and psychological defeat, a la Vietnam.
Senator Harry Reed prepped the general's visit the other day by announcing that the Iraq was "lost" and today oversaw the Senate's 51-46 vote on its version of the Oct. 1 cut and run legislation.
It is also necessary to recall here that Reid, as the Senate's financial hit-man in charge of undermining our effort in Iraq, and his cohorts voted unanimously to confirm Petraeus (and thus the "surge" strategy) and now votes to eviscerate Petraus' command.
You wanted it, you got it... democrat leadership of Congress.
Here is the flat fact: None of the six bills that the House Democrats passed in their initial legislative effort during the much ballyhooed "First 100 Days" made it to the president's desk. The LA Times reports nearly six in 10 polled could not name anything important the new Congress has done.
Send me your guesses... no cheating.
I understand Keith Tillman's anger at the Army for its unforgivable treatment of his family and his brother, Ranger Pat Tillman. Both Tillman and former PFC Jessica Lynch testified before Henry Waxman's House committee yesterday and savaged the Army.
It is obvious that the Pentagon cynically attempted to spin Tillman's "friendly-fire" death (notice this is being morphed into the $10-word "fratricide" in the news media?) into a PFC Jessica Lynch-like PR dream. But make no mistake... Waxman is no less guilty of political usury of the two stories for his own antiwar, anti-Bush purposes.
Lynch, to her credit, has consistently said she was no hero, that her "story" was fabricated and the real heroes were her fellow soldiers... especially Sgt. Don Walters. Read here what actually happened to Walters, Lynch and the 507th Maintenance Company that day.
I'm first to say that a lot of fat-ass, rear echelon DoD commandos should have had their bars and oak leaves ripped off their uniforms and bounced right out the back door for using the death of a fine and patriotic young soldier like Pat Tillman.
But... it is equally true that Keith Tillman, also a Ranger veteran of Afghanistan, has been seduced by the anti-war left... a recently-published, op-ed piece of Tillman's is filled with the blatant, scripted boilerplate of the far left:
Look for a book, timed for the '08 election, in which Tillman will go full-bore Cindy Sheehan, a la Ron Kovic selling out to Oliver Stone's "Born of the Fourth of July".
Heard the other day that VA Tech is giving all 15,000 students the option to end their semester early and keep the grade they had on the day of the shooting, or stay in class for the remainder of the year.
Okay... just kidding;.. okay, not okay at all.
Typical liberal cut and run response to hard times.
Students should absolutely not be allowed to tank the entire semester unless they have a psychologist's recommendation with which their parents concur.
Why? Because ten percent of 15,000 students is 1,500... say that may were affected, direrctly or indirectly. The overwhelming majority of students were not even on campus, didn't learn about the shootings until they were over or didn't know a single person involved.
My guess is that no more than 100 students were affected psychologically directly or indirectly by the mass-casualty shootings in the first place.
Being sad is not a post-truama injury... it's called life.
The most important lesson after VT is that this is the real world; these largely pampered students must learn that.
Bad things some times happen... bad things are not an excuse to give up; and most certainly... giving up is not rewarded in the real world.
Get back to work... or back to what passes for work on a college campus.
Cudda knocked me over with a feather....:
American flags have been flying at half-staff at our military bases in Iraq.
Yep... in the very place our troops are fighting and dying to keep the our Colors aloft, George Bush orders them to half staff for a bunch of college kids and teachers.
Young, hard-charging Army Sgt. Jim Wilt has had enough; he wonders why U.S. flags at his base must be lowered for students when they are not for his comrades.
Good point; but in a war zone they should not be lowered for any reason save the death of a president.
Despite liberal belief to the contrary... our flag has deep meaning and symbolism... especially for our troops, especially for our troops in time of war.
What next, mandatory yellow ribbons on dress uniforms?
Case in point:
Nine soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack yesterday near Baghdad.
Try finding their names and backgrounds in today's news.
My guess is that no candles will be burned tonight on the VT campus for these young Americans.
Rest my case.
Seems Shooter Boy hired a prostitute a couple weeks before he locked and loaded at VA Tech.
Chastity Frye (I'm not kidding) said that she spent and hour with him in a motel room, danced a little and refused sex... un-huh.
Said she felt "creeped out".
Obviously she entitled to workers' comp.
Karl Rove got a taste of Larry's world the other night at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner when the leftist, house-wife uber bitch, along with Sheryl Crow, swooped down on Karl's table with the help of the NYT's answer to Leni Riefenstahl, Maureen Dowd.
Seems Crow and David wanted to harangue Rove about his position on alleged global warming. We don't pay Karl near enough to put up with such horse crap.
BTW... Crow is best known for having cancer, dating a bicycle rider and writing these song lyrics:
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I'm not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I'm not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard
I'm humbled by such lyrical genius.
Gently, he pulls the leg down and out of the uterus into the vaginal canal, then pulls the other leg down with his fingers. He continues to pull until everything but the head had been delivered. In this position the baby is literally four inches away from being birthed.
Maintaining a firm grip on the baby, the doctor is careful not to allow the head to slip out of the uterus because legally the baby would then be considered to have been delivered, and the doctor would be committing infanticide if he continued with the abortion.
Next, the doctor choses a pair of scissors and penetrates the base of the skull. At this point the baby experiences pain; arms and legs go rigid and exend straight out as if electrically shocked.
With the scissors still penetrating the back of the skull, the doctor forces the scissors open to produce a hole though which he uses a vacuum tube to evacuate the contents from the skull.
The lifeless body is removed and disposed of.
Nearly 10% of abortions in the U.S. are performed between 13 to 20 weeks, and 1.4% at or after 21 weeks.
There is no exact data for the number of abortions performed after viability. It is estimated that more than 2,200 abortions of living children in this manner are performed every year.
Three days ago the Supreme Court, finally recovering its Constitutional and moral conscience for the first time in 35 years, upheld a federal ban on the gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion, delivering an important victory for legislative efforts to protect unborn children.
The high court's 5-4 decision reversed rulings by two federal appeals courts and affirmed the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act as the law of the land, marking the first judicially approved restriction on a specific procedure since the justices legalized abortion in 1973 in Roe v Wade.
Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the swing vote, but he is not to be trusted on this issue beyond his vote this week.
Here are the reactions to the court decision by those who favor the barbaric murder of innocents in the womb--all leftists, all democrats and one is running for president:f
f"This ruling flies in the face of 30 years of Supreme Court precedent and the best interest of women's health and safety. This ruling tells women that politicians, not doctors, will make their health care decisions for them." -- Eve Gartner, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
"A dark day for women's health and safety." -- Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
"We must elect a Congress that will repeal this ban and a president who will sign the repeal. November 2008 can't come soon enough." -- National Organization of Women President Kim Gandy.
"Today's decision is alarming," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in dissent. She said the ruling "refuses to take ... seriously" previous Supreme Court decisions on abortion.
"If I were a young woman today, I would be incredibly concerned that this era is drawing to a close. The threat to reproductive freedom is no longer theoretical. All those who care about protecting a woman's right to privacy should take notice and make their voices heard." --Senator Diane Feinstein on the floor of the Senate.
"This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman's right to choose and recognized the importance of women's health...It is precisely this erosion of our constitutional rights that I warned against when I opposed the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito." -- Hillary Clinton.
Reid, of course, has absolutely no military experience or training, but his anti-American credentials must be considered among the most complete inside the Beltway.
Question his patriotism?
What if another Harry... Harry Truman had said in late October 1950 as the Chi-Coms joined the puppet North Koreans and attacked US troops across the 38th parallel that the "war was lost" and that he would restrict future funding for the Korean war?
What if FDR had bragged about undermining our troops' morale while taking legislative action to remove material, supplies, weapons and equipment from our troops fighting the Battle of the Bulge, or in the first two days of Iwo Jima?
Could never have happened.
Churchill after Dunkirk?
Ridiculous to contemplate.
The Bulge, Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Tarawa... we were reeling, but never once faltered... soldier or citizen. Any American who expressed other than optimism and courage was considered a pariah, possibly a traitor.
And yet our present situation in Iraq is absolutely nothing like fighting the human waves Chinese and North Koreans, freezing in Bastone or facing a blazing Battleship Row; yet Reid and Pelosi, and the democrat party have become turncoats.
Reid and his ilk have spoken and acted in ways similar to that for which Tokyo Rose was prosecuted.
It is just as obvious that if we leave Iraq prematurely, stop impeding and tying up major terrorist organizations there, we will encourage and embolden the very subhumans who will repeat 9/11 and worse.
But that was never the case even in the darkest days of the historical "situations in doubt" mentioned above. The Japanese never got further than Pearl Harbor; the Nazis were defeated within months of Bastone and South Korean stands 60 years later as our greatest ally on the Asian continent.
Yet now, perhaps in the fight for our very existence, we are drug down, hampered, taunted and undermined by elected officials of one political party who have no right to call themselves Americans.
But there are only a handful of them in a nation of 300 million. The real fault belongs to those who elected them and keep them in power.
The families of Aaron Genevie, 22, Mario De Leon, 26, Daniel Scherry, 20, Jesse D. Delatorre, 29, Shaun Blue, 25, and Lucas Starcevich, 25, have been informed that their children were among those who died on Monday.
But sadly, their names were not mentioned at the memorial service on the Virginia Tech campus which was attended by President and Mrs. Bush and 15,000 mourners. None of their friends were invited to speak about their memories of those young people whose lives were snuffed out far too early.
The national news ignored their deaths and the details of what led to the tragic loss of life. No professional baseball team has announced it will wear the young people's team's insignia or hats.
Apparently it's all because the young men didn't have "that Hokie Spirit".
Time or Newsweek Magazine will never feature the lives or deaths of PFC Genevie, SGT De Leon, L/CPL. Scherry, L/CPL. Delatorre, LT Blue, and PFC Starcevich.
Their funerals will not receive anything more than local attention, It is a virtual certainty that no college presidents, governors or presidents will attend.
Rather than receiving the nation's support, these Soldiers and Marines were ignored, denigrated and ridiculed by a vast number of their fellow citizens; they were characterized as losers, murderers, rapists and dim-witted pawns, mentally incapable of doing anything more than enlisting in the Armed Forces because they were broke.
On the day they died in Iraq in service to their nation, democrat party fifth-columnists were working to demoralize them and undermine their ability to defend themselves by blocking federal funds for training and much needed supplies, weapons and protective gear.
One hundred times more young Americans have died in this World War than died on the V Tech campus the same day as these fine young Americans gave their lives... ironically defending the very liberal professors, students and administrators who will never... never, ever be aware of their names and who likely demonstrated against them.
Other than VT's 700-member Corps of Cadets and ROTC programs, only a tiny handful of those 15,000, on-campus mourners yesterday have served their nation, ever thought of serving their nation or will ever serve their nation. For the majority of those 15,000 mourners and on all other US campuses, it is not about "us", not about our beloved country... it is all about them, their little cliques, their little sorority and fraternity pals, their study groups.
As pampered college students, their biggest stress in life until Monday was the next bio or chem test or having to get up before 10 a.m.
Monday brought them into the real world. And they were immediately surrounded with support, comfort, attention, and are held out as "America's best and brightest" and the "future of our nation."
For doing what? Breathing? Benefiting from federal student loans?
Like most Americans, they are and will continue to be the net takers, the net receivers of the benefits paid for in blood by my brave young comrades listed above.
I know who America's best and brightest are... it was my great honor to serve with many of America's best and brightest, it is also my great honor to never allow those who died in service to our great country to be forgotten.
The best and brightest are to be found in Najaf, Baghdad, and Faluja...
... not at Virginia Tech.
At times like this I care little to nothing for "beiginning the healing", "moving forward", or "processing our grief".
Each person affected by the Virginia Tech shootings will do that without the approval of the college president and organized candle burnings.
We must focus instead of on what all this means and what must be done.
Other than the deaths, here are what I see as the ramifications, mistakes and lessons learned yesterday.
The lessons “learned” after Columbine, which went down a few miles from my office, was touted far and wide by law enforcement and academics as the incident which exposed weaknesses in school safety that could easily be improved across the land.
But the truth is that nine years after Columbine, five years after 9/11 and two years after Katrina is that 1). we’ve learned nothing, done nothing to protect soft targets such as schools, and 2). Academics may be able to run schools but they’re worthless in a deadly crisis.
It doesn’t matter that the VT shooter had no apparent political axe to grind… the outcome was the same as Columbine, the same as the 2004 Breslan Russia school massacre with the exception that at Breslan, well-armed law enforcement officers didn’t huddle behind armored cars in their Kevlar vests.
The flaccid law enforcement response at Columbine made me nauseous. Cops did not enter the school until hours after the shooting in the library stopped thereby ensuring that all those dying of their wounds would bleed out.
The same day, I asked a neighbor whom I respected for his 30 years of police work and SWAT service why law enforcement did nothing.
“You have to remember, Gary, this isn’t combat.”
I shook my head… and therein, my friends, lies the problem.
If me trying to kill you and you trying to kill everyone isn’t combat, pray tell... define it for me.
The first thing I notice about a solider, a cop or a fireman is his height to weight ratio, if he is in shape, could he run three blocks and carry me out of the line of fire.
What I saw yesterday were mostly a bunch of stereotypical, Krispy-Kreme Kops posturing in really neat SWAT gear while walking heel-to-toe with other similarly-clad fatties or hiding in the bushes and behind patrol cars.
It did not fill me with great hope.
Before yesterday Charles Whitman (below, right,) held the bloody record. Forty-one years ago he climbed 27 stories to the top of the UT clock tower and gunned down 46 people… 15 died. A 16th died in 2001 as a direct result of his wounds that day; his death was ruled a homicide.
Whitman chose his weapoins and his sniper nest well; he was virtually impervious to law enforcement marksmen below, and he was deadly.
Austin law enforcement Officers Ramiro Martinez, Houston McCoy, and Jerry Day, along with hastily deputized and armed citizen Allen Crum ---without “SWAT” patches or nifty, high-tech gear, without Kevlar, without laser-sighted automatic weapons… and in the courageous Crum’s case, totally without training… climbed to the top of the tower, confronted the murderous Whitman and gunned him down.
It was over.
They do things differently in Virginia.
Just a few months ago Virginia State Delegate Mark Cole’s bill to allow students with concealed carry permits to bring their firearms onto campus was pigeon holed in some subcommittee and allowed to die. A similar bill met the same fate last year.
The reason given across the country for not allowing guns on campus…. someone might get hurt.
This is paramount among the reasons why democrats and liberals should not be allowed to make decisions on national security or school security for that matter.
Given yesterday’s body count racked up by Cho Seung-Hui, will any of the VA politicians responsible for killing the only chance the dead VT students had, regret their political decision? Absolutely not… none of their kids were murdered—just yours.
The same leftist idiots were no doubt opposed to trained airline pilots carrying guns in the cockpit… after 9/11, after Flight 93. It seems that pilots are trusted routinely trusted with the lives of 200 people every flight, but not trusted to save the same passengers from getting their throats slit by ragheads.
Effective law enforcement response to these attacks on soft targets is statistically miniscule. For the most part, cops investigate, bag and tag the victims.
Ever wonder why gun stores and cop bars are never attacked?
The only hope of saving soft target lives is the trained and armed citizen(s).
IT MAY BE LEGAL BUT IT ISN’T RIGHT
Other than the mass casualties, the most chilling Columbine outcome was the rulings in numerous law suits against the school, the county and the law enforcement brought by the families of the dead and the survivors.
United States District Court Judge Lewis Babcock dismissed eight of nine Columbine lawsuits against the Jeff CO School District and the Jeff Co Sheriff’s Department because of governmental immunity.a
“The sheriff defendants were confronted with an unprecedented and rapidly evolving violent situation," Babcock wrote. "Holding police officers liable in hindsight for every injurious consequence of their actions would paralyze the functions of law enforcement." he wrote in another of the nine decisions.
Essentially it boiled down to this: municipalities, schools, and yes, even law enforcement has no legal obligation to come to the aid of helpless citizens, let alone risk the lives of their employees in order to save said lives.
(The daughter of slain teacher Dave Sanders, (above, center) one of the very few Columbine heroes, settled the last lawsuit five years ago for $1.5 million. Unfortunately, the settlement ended any further public scrutiny of the obvious cover up by Jeff Co Sheriff John Stone and his deputies.)
The grave consequence of Babcock's rulings is that governmental intities have absolutely no responsibility to come to your aid if you were threatened or attacked; nor do they have an obligation to risk the lives of their employees to do so.
“Serve and Protect”….?
Well, not really
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
This is what the parents of the dead students at Virginia Tech will learn after all the self-serving cover-their-ass statements and non-statements by VT administration mouthpieces and the campus and local police:
--The order has already been given to circle the wagons… protect the system. Everyone involved did everything perfectly well….even though there were 50+ citizen casualties and zero administration and police casualties.
--Despite this, numerous cops will be awarded medals for valor.
--Significant documents will not be released until further notice; as in Columbine, attempts will be made to have some documents sealed for decades.
--The district attorney’s office will be decidedly non-forth coming with information about how the students died.
--The school and its police department will be sued.
--The parent/student-plaintiffs will lose those suits, and the "system" cowards will continue to stonewall as long as possible.
--Memorials will be argued over, "begin the healing" will be the most overused phrase in the country, next to "gun-control"… a couple of years later the memorials will be redesigned and then argued over again.
-- George Bush shouldn’t but will attend the prime-time “healing” memorial service because he’ll be savaged by the lefties if he doesn’t. He doesn’t need to attend because he has tens of thousands of other young people he needs to focus on. Regardless, all this will be conclusively proven by the left that the killings were Bush’s fault.
--Two books will be written; one about how God saved and one about how God failed.
Any of the Columbine survivors and their families will tell you all the above.
The odds of being injured or killed in a school, despite the sensational news coverage, are in the multi-millions, but if I had a kid in any soft-target school these days… after Columbine, after VT, after 9/11, I would ask the school principal or college president exactly how he will protect my child’s life.
Additional information can be found at the Medal of Honor Host City website.
"Who is in charge of the clattering train?
The axles creak and the couplings strain,
And the pace is hot, and the points are near,
And Sleep has deadened the driver’s ear;
And the signals flash through the night in vain,
'For Death is in charge of the clattering train."
Winston Churchill recalled these lines when he addressed the House of Commons in April 1935 . He was in great despair; despite his warnings, Parliament, and the public, continued to ignore the growing gap between British production of fighters and bombers and those of the metastizing Nazi war machine.
Of that speech, Churchill wrote: "“I confess that words fail me. In the year 1708 Mr. Secretary St. John, by a calculated Ministerial indiscretion, revealed to the House the fact that the Battle of Almanza had been lost in the previous summer because only 8,000 English troops were actually in Spain out of the 29,000 that had been voted by the House of Commons for this service…. the House sat in silence for half an hour, no Member caring to speak or wishing to make a comment upon so staggering an announcement. And yet how incomparably small that event was to what we have now to face….”e
So must be the frustration of much of our nation which feels that death is indeed in charge of this clattering train while the politicians debate and pose and posture, fighting one another for prominence before the television lights, using scores of words to say nothing.
Harry Reid, House majority leader, crowed a few days ago that democrats are destined "to gain seats" in the '08 elections by cutting funds for the war in Iraq, just as he proclaimed with glee 18 months ago, "We killed the Patriot Act!"
Fortunately for Mother England, she had a Churchill.
Unfortunately for us, we have no one even close.
We have no statesmen, no Great Men, which are mandatory in times such as these to meet the gathering storm.
All we have are the weak... impostors, charlatans, summer soldiers and sunshine patriots... and if that were not dire enough, we have fifth-columnists and out and out traitors.
Not a single soul in political life possesses the mastery of the bully pulpit, the trust of the nation and the ability to lead. I hear more leadership coming the radio and read more inspiration in opinion columns, yet even that, perhaps especially that, falls on the deaf ears of an American public more attentive to dead celebrities than to lives of our soldiers in the field.
There is a day coming, just as it did for the English after the Battle of Almanza and again in 1935, which will make us pray for as few casualties as were sustained today by the student body of Virginia Tech.
Imus made a bad mistake the other day... and was found guilty of "BWW"--"broadcasting while white" and this society's racial double standard will eventually hound him out of the business after what, 80 or 90 years of doing exactly the same thing to evryone on the planet?
Disagree....? Left-wing senator Joe Biden observed that Barack Obama was the first "clean" and "articulate" African-American candidate for president. The fall out?... nada; the left had a good chuckle, goodnaturedly ruffled Biden's remaining hair plugs and returned to huntin' fo' GOP whities.
Here was one of the "I Man's" offending comments when discussing the Rutgers v Tennessee NCAA women's basketball title game: "That's some nappy-headed hos there, I'm gonna tell you that now." In the idiom of the street, learned from black people and black-written, performed and produced
crap rap music, Imus was opining that the tough-looking, tattooed Rutgers team just might have it's way with the "cute" Tennessee squad.
You gots street cred if you be black, and you can say as you please (Kayne West, Chris Rock) on the airwaves. But you be a chuck-dude, a cracker... the proverbial "Opie", and you be done. Fo sho' and fo' shizzle."
If you're a black racist (Jesse "Hymie" Jackson/Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton" you have the support of the drive-by media, Hollywood, the ACLU, the entire democrat party and moral cowards under every rock in business and broadcasting.
The real danger here is the unrelenting attack on non-minorities' First Amendment rights. There is no question that Imus' and Jess Jackson's comments are protected speech. But the politically correct lynching comes in when blacks can say any damned thing with impunity while whites are hounded out of a political race or office (George "Macaca" Allen), jobs (Al Campanas, Jimmy The Greek) by a huge left wing cabal wielding great political power.
Despite his apology, his enemies want him fired... silenced. And mark this on your calendar: eventually the race baiters inclduing Jackson/Sharpton/Rutgers, perhaps even the "tough" but very thin-skinned Scarlett Knights whill be holding their hands out for cash from Imus and anyone else they can threaten to boycott.
The left refuses to call a spade a spade in this argument, and thus forfeits any consideration whatsoever of their position.... especially as long as Robert "KKK" Byrd is an honored and respected by the Democrat party as their senior senator.
So I find myself defending Imus -- someone for whom I have have virtually no respect, and just as shockingly, find myself agreeing with Howard Stern, a truly despicable human being, who said that Imus was "... apologizing like a guy who got his first broadcasting job."
"He should have said, "F**k you, it’s a joke.”
Right on homie, you talkin' truth ta power.
The death last Friday of Medal of Honor Recipient Raymond "Jerry" Murphy (Korea) leaves fellow Recipient Drew Dix (Vietnam) as the sole surviving Recipient of Pueblo Colorado-- the small town famous as the "Home of Heroes" because it produced four Recipients... two from the same high school.
"Jerry was one of the most modest men I ever knew," said Dix who attended memorials services for Murphy in Pueblo. "Jerry was one of the most modest men I ever knew," said Drew Dix, a friend and fellow Medal of Honor Recipient.
"He was one of my heroes as a kid growing up in Pueblo. I can remember pedaling my bike on Jerry Murphy Road as a boy, never imagining that one day, Jerry would be my friend. Pueblo has lost a very special man."
Sitter and Crawford did not live long enough to see unveiled the larger-than-life statues of the four heroes which dominates the Pueblo Medal of Honor Memorial which includes names of the over 3,400 recipients were incorporated on granite slabs mounted on the walls of the City Convention Center just behind the sculptures.
Also featured is a 35-foot flag pole centered in a water feature, surrounded by a granite bench. The water feature reminds visitors of President Ike Eisenhower's comment, as he presented the Medal to Murphy, “What is it in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turn out to be heroes.”
Click here for further details on Murphy's war heroics and later years.
Mrs. Murphy and Jerry were seated at a table with me in Shreveport five years ago at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's annual gathering. The arrangement included my seat mate, a lovely young nurse named Cindy Brooks who knew that her father, a retired, three-war B-52 navigator, would enjoy the event.
He did... and so did Cindy and I.
I more or less served as table captain for the evening which ended with Mrs. Murphy and Jerry asking us to come visit them in their Albuquerque home. Sadly that did not work out; the next time I saw Jerry his health problems had gotten worse and he eventually succumbed to his condition.
His death brings to 110 the number of living Medal of Honor Recipients.
Both Cindy and I have fond memories of the evening with the Murphys which actually began our relationship that continues despite its geographical impediments.
God speed, Jerry... Semper Fi.
The native son heroes also included Bill Crawford (WWII), below left, and Carl Sitter (Korea), third from left, who preceded Murphy, right, in death, passing away within two weeks of each other in 2000. Sitter is buried in Arlington, and Crawford at the Air Force Academy.