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MillRatUSMC
06-17-04, 02:41 AM
"What, Price Freedom?" Letter from PFC Robert Duncan
My name is Private First Class Robert Joseph Duncan.
I am an M240 Bravo machine gunner with Alpha company 1-327th Infantry Battalion of the 101st airborne division (air assault).
I am writing to address the attitude of some of the American
people and how it has so drastically changed since September 1th.
It seems that so many of you have forgotten of the 3,000+ lives lost that day and the many families broken because of the event. I have not.
Nor have any of my fellow soldiers.
What we do, we do not in spite or for revenge but because
you are threatened.
Because the freedoms you take for granted each day are placed in danger of being taken from you.
It is the duty of my self and my fellow soldiers to defend those freedoms You so easily forget the cost of.
Freedom is not free!
It is purchased in blood and sacrifices.
My blood and the blood of countless others before me and that will never change.
War is not something I dream of, it is not something I desire,
but if the freedoms of the American people are threatened in any way shape or form foreign or domestic.
I will find the threat and perform the duties I have been trained for.
Day or night and in all weather I will fight to protect your rights and freedoms
and if necessary I will purchase them with my blood.
I do this willingly and I do it with out hate, malice or regret.
Strong words? You bet!
It is a stand I take for what this country is established upon.
Read the preamble of our constitution.
Some may still not understand why we do this;
and for those who do not....you probably never will.
Remember that every time you go to the store to buy any type of item, or walk down the street and enjoy the fresh air, or go to a private school of your choice,
or travel from county to county or state to state,
or vote for change or what ever you believe in,
or yes even protest, or you may talk less than favorable about our president, military or government someone died to give you that freedom....
some ones son or daughter, father or mother, grandfather and so on...
yes the price is so easily forgotten isn't it?
Take the time my fellow American and reflect on what price freedom cost?
Do not forget the price of freedom and do not forget what freedom is.
Because the United States military will continue to fight and
die for it as long as it is threatened.
I will fight for my God, my country and for you....the American people.
I will do so until my lungs can no longer draw the breath,
necessary for me to continue the struggle....
but someone will take up my place...
again is payment made for the price of your freedoms.
Pfc Robert Duncan (Army)

my personal note;
This letter could have been written by many Americans serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or any where on this planet.
My fellow Americans have rather short attention spans.
Just a few days back the media covered D-Day 6 of June 1944, in every way, shape or form.
Now there's isn't much being said about the Veterans of WW II.
Than the death of President Reagan brought out the evil of Ted Ralls
http://www.uexpress.com/tedrall/?uc_full_date=20040608
In another article he writes that President Ronald Reagan should be turning "crispy brown" that when the Nation was conducting his funeral...
Who speaks for the dead, at this late date?
Even if you dislike the man, respect him im death, he is beyond caring what you have to say.
Your words of vemon, only hurt the living relatives of the dead...
Shame on you Ted Ralls.
You have outdone yourself, and as the letter above states...
You right to say those words of vemon were paid in blood by some one in the military...

MillRatUSMC
06-17-04, 02:44 AM
The attach image is the new carrier Kerry class aircraft carrier.
It was forward to me by "Rotor Bill" a dear friend and fellow Marine...

Semper Fidelis/Semper Fi
Ricardo

HardJedi
06-18-04, 12:20 AM
Amazing what a mere PFC can write isn'tit? and a grunt at that.


Everything in life, is worth exactlywhat you pay for it. For those people who have never had to sacrifice, for the sake of freedom, it is a cheap thing. Why? Becuase they never paid for it. Those of us who served, and continue to serve know the value of freedom.


There was a song once upon a time that said the best things in life are free, and that just isn't so. The best things in life are the most expensive. What price would you pay to be free again if yourfreedom was taken from you?

What would you pay to have one more day with someone you love if THEY were taken from you?

what price the happiness and saftey of your children?


Like I said, people who do not realise what things cost in life, are peopl who have never had to sacrifice.

MillRatUSMC
06-18-04, 12:39 AM
Private First Class Robert Joseph Duncan states that the American people should read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
I decided to post that Preamble.

U.S. Constitution: Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It does not pretain to any federal government enity.
It only states what Americans should be doing for all.
How soon many forget the Blessings of Liberty...

Semper Fidelis/Semper Fi
Ricardo