OLD MISSALOT, I see no one has responded to your "sounding off". In light of this I feel compelled to open my big mouth.
First of all thank you for that posting and sounding off.
At the risk of my sounding presumptious, on behalf of about a million of my closest friends I'd like to say we haven't answered you because, like you and your fore fathers were I'm sure, we are humble in what we do, and do not seek accolades. We're just doing "our jobs".
I think I can speak for many when I say that it's difficult at best for us serving, current or past, to accept those most gracious accolades when we (I) am actually embarrased in accepting knowing we have brothers and sisters who have fallen on the field of battle and have given the ulitimate sacrifice. As well as for those thousands currently in medical facilities across this great nation of ours undergoing treatments for debilitating injuries. It is those Soldiers and their families who are the true great American heroes and deserve the accolades and more. Again, I would never be so presumptious as to try and speak on their behalf, but if they were able to say anything to you I'm sure it would be to thank you for your service, your support, your prayers and heart felt considerations.
I hope that I am saying this right. Although accolades are not sought, the absence of appreciation is indeed felt. A double edge sword if you will, and you hit it right on the head.
For me personally, thank you for sounding off. Thank you and your fore fathers before you that have so proudly served in order that generations of Americans to come can live the American dream of freedom, liberty and the American way.
A humble Soldier
"I see dead birds flying"