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Sniper
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   Posted 11/28/2007 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
 I picked up the paper today and found out that a man I new well had passed away. His name was Jeff DeBlanc. Long ago he worked as the maintenance man for the company where I worked. He was a very cheerful ,positive man and always had a smile and something good to say. We all called him , The Dad. One day when I was having a particularly bad day , feeling bad and sorry for myself, he told me a story . I learned another lesson about feeling sorry for myself that day. You see ,Dad, was not just an ordinary guy ,though you would never hear him say so. One day in WWII, he found a US convoy under attack by Japanese planes. Though he was running low on fuel he would not leave the covoy to fend for its self. He shot down  five planes that day and was shot down himself after running out of fuel. He spent six hours swimming to reach the nearest land, Japanese held Kolombangara Island , only to be captured by non friendly natives. Lucky for me , he said, they sold me to a friendly islander, for a very small bag of rice. He said, this is when you know what your life is worth. He evaded capture in the jungle until he reached a coast watcher and was rescued.
 I am sad today because the people I have known and refer to as ,the greatest generation are slipping away. The people that went to war when every one was at war. The men and women that sacrificed so much for us. weather it be on the front lines or here at home dealing with ration cards and saving papers and cans to be recycled. Doing without so they could supply the troops. Try asking for that today when people whine about their normal lives while our men and women are fighting. Yes I am sad because another is gone. The last living Louisiana congressional medal of honor winner, Col. Jefferson Joseph Deblanc is gone from us. And for me, life, no matter how crappy, is better for having known him and when times are rough, I can still say, Hey this aint so bad.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


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   Posted 11/29/2007 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh, Sniper...I'm so sorry.  What a courageous soul he was.  I was touched by his story and the way you told it.  It's certainly amazing what a bit of perspective will do.  Hopefully this kind of experience emboldens us, makes us drink up the energy of these people who blazingly lived, and feel grateful for their teachings.

 


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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 11/29/2007 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank your for sharing, Sniper. We recently lost a Silver Star brother ourselves. Korea and Nam. The world was a better place for their having lived.
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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, very touching Sniper. I am so sorry. Thanks for sharing. They certainly are the greatest generation.

Sugarmarie
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
((((((hugs)))))))
RIP Mr. Deblanc.

Sniper did you work in Louisiana when you met him?
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
And when he gets to Heaven,
To St. Peter he will tell:
One more soldier reporting sir,
I've served my time in Hell.

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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 11/29/2007 7:42:19 AM (GMT-7)


Nanners
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for sharing "Dad" with us. I too will mourn his passing. MMMNavy that was beautiful and said it all.
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Sniper
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sugarmarie, though I have ,so to speak, done my time in hell in other countries, I have lived in Louisiana all my life. Sometimes I feel like its another country too. MMMNavy I think I recall something about the tomb of the unknown solder being in disrepair and a big fight in congress about who should fund the work. Am I correct??
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
It has been a couple years since I have been there Sniper, so I do not really know.
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We will find a way, or make one.-Hannibal (crossing the Alps in the 15th Century on war elephants) 
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Sugarmarie
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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper said...
Sugarmarie, though I have ,so to speak, done my time in hell in other countries, I have lived in Louisiana all my life. Sometimes I feel like its another country too. MMMNavy I think I recall something about the tomb of the unknown solder being in disrepair and a big fight in congress about who should fund the work. Am I correct??


Sniper,
I am from New Orleans grew up in Gentilly close to UNO/ lakefront. Was just there for 10 days in oct/07. Where ya at?
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:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)


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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you and all the current and former military for your sacrifices. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend James.


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   Posted 11/29/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry Sniper((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))

Thoughts are with you.

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gachrons
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   Posted 11/29/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper He sounds like he was a caring person ,sorry your greaving it is hard to loose a friend. lol gail

dustspeck
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   Posted 11/29/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
what an amazing story and an amazing guy. thanks so much for sharing, we all share in your sorrow.

take care *hugs*
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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry sniper. soon there will be none left.
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malakai
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for sharing that story sniper. i've talked with my coworkers before on how those people are the reason why we enjoy many of the freedoms we now have. i bet it was an honor to know one in real life and to be dear friends with "Dad"

big hug to you!
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Sniper
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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Sugarmarie , its sounds like you are no longer there. I am just west of N O , St Mary parish. Where are you now?
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Sugarmarie
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   Posted 11/30/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper said...
Sugarmarie , its sounds like you are no longer there. I am just west of N O , St Mary parish. Where are you now?


I am in FL but my family lost everything in Katrina they have all moved to TX. I was in NOLA for a reunion with my childhood friends we still have the family home nephew is trying to get road home money to fix it we had 5 ft water in the house.
I miss NOLA for its character,food and people there nothing like people from Louisiana .
sending you gentle hugs,sm
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)


Sniper
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   Posted 12/1/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Sugarmarie. Good luck with the road home program, it seems to be a mess, about as good as the other effort made to help around here. But I wont get started about that.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


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   Posted 12/1/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,

Thank you for sharing the story of Dad. I am a former Marine and have the greatest respect for all that have sacrificed for this country. My heart goes out to all of the former and current military and there families thank god for their sacrifices so that we can live in a country where we can be free.

I am so glad that there were men like Dad and I mourn there loss because they didn't ask for hand outs from their country they gave to their country God Bless all of our Service Men and Women.
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   Posted 12/2/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper-I'm so sorry for your loss. My husband and myself happened to watch the movie "The Great Raid" today and it left me with the thought of all the sacrifices made beyond the "boob tube" version. But more importantly, how much heart, courage and perserverance our soldiers had and have to face each day. Most people take this heavy responsibility by our soldiers for granted, obviously your friend never did and people like you keep others from forgetting and getting complacent in all too complicated world. Bless you and may God be with you today and always.
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