Memorial Day – Grave site photo’s

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In all the dark and deadly wars,
their graves prove and remind us,
our brave Americans gave their all
to put danger far behind us.

We set aside Memorial Day
Each and every year
To honor those who gave their lives
…Defending what we hold dear.

In all the dark and deadly wars,
Their graves prove and remind us,
Our brave Americans gave their all
To put danger far behind us.

They made the ultimate sacrifice
Fighting for the American way;
We admire them and respect them
On every Memorial Day.

By Joanna Fuchs

(Source: http://www.poemsource.com/patriotic-poems.html)

In Loving Memory

On every soldier’s tombstone should be a message of honor, respect and love:
“In loving memory of one who loved his country, who fought against evil
to preserve what is right and true and good.
In loving memory of one who is a cut above the rest of us,
who had the surpassing courage, the uncommon strength,
to do whatever had to be done, persevering through hardship and pain.
In loving memory of one who was brave enough to give his life, his all,
so that those he cared about would remain safe and free.
In loving memory of a unique and treasured soldier who will never be forgotten.”

By Joanna Fuchs

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. –John Stewart Mill–

Thank you to all of those better men and women who have fought and continue to fight for freedom and democracy! And in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Command Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Chris Redmond’s Memorial Day 2011 Speech given May 30, 2011 at Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton, NY

Good morning Mount Upton…it is a wonderful day to gather for such an honorable purpose.  As master seargent retired tim hudson said, i am air force command chief master sergeant retired chris REDMOND AND i am a 1981 graduate of mount upton central high school.  before i get into the meat of my remarks, i’d like to say “thank you” to a few people.

The Charles M. Townsend Post 1143 of Mt. Upton, the fire department, GMU band, scouts, emergency squad, and everyong else who helped put this event together.

MSgt (ret) tim hudson for his gracious hospitality and invitation.

my father, joe redmond, a korean war veteran, for setting the example for my life.

my wife, the former cindy harrington, for her 28 plus years of dedication to our service to the air force.

although i am retired, i stand here as a proud military veteran – wearing the uniform of my nation.  as i have traveled the world in this uniform talking to your brave sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers in uniform, i have come to believe There is no profession more Noble than service to one’s nation… nothing more Noble than defending the greatness of one’s country.  In time of national emergency, America has never lacked the brave, devoted sons and daughters to do battle for her sacred cause. America cannot, America will not, forget those brave patriots who, in time of war… saved her… and in time of peace… preserved her.  I speak TO YOU TODAY AS A PROUD AMERICAN AND I OFFER YOU MY BELIEF  – AMERICA would not be the country we love were it not for the patriotic sacrifice of men and women like THOSE WE HONOR TODAY.

Arthur ashe ONCE said … True heroism is remarkably sober – very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. 

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE men and women of our armed forces serve you…the citizens of this great nation.  soldiers, sailers, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen stand – holding the stars and stripes as a symbol of our strength – between you and our nation’s enemies.  the flag is our banner of love and devotion… it is a living memorial to the courageous spirit represented BY THOSE WE ARE HERE TO HONOR.

men and women have worn the uniform of our country for over 200 years for many reasons.  i believe there is one common thread… “service before self”.  When I think of the word SERVICE – three traits come to mind… DEDICATION, HONOR and COMMITMENT.

Edmund Burke, an 18th century philosopher, once said – “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”  THOSE WE HONOR each MEMORIAL DAY WERE NOT SILENT.

THEY CHOSE TO SERVE…

THEY CHOSE TO STAND TALL AND BE COUNTED…

THEY pledged unwavering support and commitment to a life of service, no matter the time, location, circumstance…and no matter the sacrifice.  THEY understood the risk.  the love of THEIR country outweighed any fear of personal harm.

among those ARE TEN AMERICAN HEROeS who I pay a special tribute to ON MEMORIAL DAY.  THEY WERE AMERICAN AIRMEN with the air force office of special investigations WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE of devotion FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

IF YOU WILL PERMIT ME, IT WOULD BE MY HONOR and privilege TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU:

SPECIAL AGENT LEE HITCHCOCK, KILLED IN VIETNAM ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 1967

SPECIAL AGENT RAYMOND ROUND, KILLED IN THAILAND ON SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1970

SPECIAL AGENT RICK ULBRIGHT, KILLED IN IRAQ ON AUGUST 8TH, 2004

SPECIAL AGENT DAN KUHLMEIER, KILLED IN IRAq ON FEBRUARY 20TH, 2006

SPECIAL AGENT(S) MATTHEW KUGLICS AND RYAN BALMER, KILLED IN IRAQ ON JUNE 5TH, 2007

SPECIAL AGENT(S) TOM CROWELL, DAVE WEIGER, AND NATE SCHULDHEISS, KILLED IN IRAQ ON NOVEMBER 1ST, 2007

Master Seargent TARA BROWN, KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN ON APRIL 27TH, 2011

THESE BRAVE AIRMEN HAVE BEEN added to the scroll of Americans that gave their all fighting our enemies.  THEY ARE now and forever part of our NATION’S SACRED list of heroes who most honorably served our country.  they committed their lives to make America a safer nation and the world a safer place for our children and grandchildren.

tHE contributions, courage, and spirit OF THOSE WE HONOR today will last forever and shine as a beacon of strength for us all.  IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS FELLOW AMERICANS TO ENSURE THAT THOSE who continue to serve and those who have made THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and will FOREVER BE HONORED.

may GOD continue BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM

AND

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

THANK YOU

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sally Park-Teelon
    May 26, 2011 @ 17:41:26

    Bill, Thank-you. I hope many more pictures are added.

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  2. Robert J. Sanderson
    May 30, 2011 @ 20:28:46

    I can think of no better representative of the United States military to deliver the Memorial Day speech than Chris Redmond. He and his family epitomize the image of those heros who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America, so we can be free. Thank you once again for making me proud, Chris! May God continue to bless you and your family!

    Bob

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  3. Leeny Borst Gale
    May 30, 2011 @ 21:26:21

    Bill – Awesome job, well done! Dear memories of many who gave us our childhood.

    Reply

  4. Bill
    May 31, 2011 @ 06:18:25

    “Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.”

    -Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day 1982

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  5. Bill
    May 31, 2011 @ 06:42:21

    From Richard Klingman,
    I recently found out I have a distant cousin on my dad’s side who was killed in ‘that country’- someone sent me his effects: Pvrple Heart, Silver Star, Navy/ Marine Corps Medal, USMC Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/ palm, dog tags, & sgt chevrons. They’re in a frame over the TV next to my dad’s WW2 medals.

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  6. Bill
    May 31, 2011 @ 06:45:52

    The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces for valor in
    the face of the enemy.

    The Silver Star
    is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States not justifying one of the two higher awards – the service crosses (Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, or the Air Force Cross), the second-highest military decoration, or the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration. The Silver Star may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the armed forces, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism involving one of the following actions:

    In action against an enemy of the United States
    While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force
    While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party

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  7. Bill
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 15:51:38

    On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning this attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States )
    In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

    At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
    When it was over, the U.S. Losses were:

    Casualties
    US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
    US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
    US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
    Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
    TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
    ————————————————-
    Battleships
    USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
    USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
    USS California (BB-4 4) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
    USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
    USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
    USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage.
    USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage.
    USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
    USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    Cruisers
    USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage..
    USS San Francisco (CA-38) – Light Damage.
    USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage.
    USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired.
    USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage.
    USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage..
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    Destroyers
    USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
    USS Cassin – (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
    USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage.
    USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage.
    ———————————————————————————————————————
    Minelayer
    USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
    ———————————————————————————-
    Seaplane Tender
    USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
    ————————————————————————————
    Repair Ship
    USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
    ————————————————————————————
    Harbor Tug
    USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Aircraft
    188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

    Share this with ALL ages…Elderly will remember, Young will be Awed.

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  8. Charleen
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:21:39

    Thanks BILL. Great pictures and stories.

    Reply

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