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Tuesday, March 12. 2013
This past Sunday, I drove down to metro Houston, Tomball, Texas to be exact, and attended a going away party for one on my grand nephews, Jarred Buck. Jarred has enlisted in the U.S. Army and leaves next week for Ft. Jackson, S.C. for his basic training. Brad was a big influence on Jarred and his decision to enlist, Jarred, an Eagle Scout, is super qualified for this job and I wish him well for this endeavor!
After the going away party I drove on in to Houston and spent the evening with Chuck and Linda Towne and Monday at 1:00 PM I went on one of the most eventful doctorâ€™s appointments of my life! The doc, who Iâ€™d been to several times with my right knee told me right away, â€œJon, you donâ€™t need a knee replacement because your right knee is basically strong, just a cortisone shot, (which didnâ€™t hurt at all), some (inhuman) exercises along with heel inserts and within a month or 2 youâ€™ll be fine!â€ Those were welcome words to my ears because the doc knew me and my love for Senior Softball he was willing go the extra mile for me and rehab my right knee and not resort to a very painful surgery, Praise The Lord!
Eighteen days to turkey season and this one should be fairly good, (they all look fairly good two weeks before), but weâ€™ve had some good rains and very cool nights, maybe the drought is broken and maybe the big birds will be moving around!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 16:21 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, January 16. 2009
Iâ€™m a â€˜cold warâ€™ veteran, too young for Korea and too old for Viet Nam, but whenever Iâ€™m out and about and I see a man wearing a WW II, Korean or Viet Nam, veterans, ball cap, I always stop, go up to him, shake his hand and thank him for serving and protecting our way of life. Â
Two days before Christmas, I was over in Brownwood finishing my shopping and spied a WW II/Korean veteranâ€™s, ball cap and, like I always do, went up to the man and held out my hand.Â He took my hand and accepted my thanks, then, from out of his coat pocket, he removed a paper and handed it to me.Â On the paper was a poem that he had written, a brief description of why he wrote it and his picture.Â This surprised me and I told him about my blog and he said that I could put this on it if I wanted to.Â Everyone will enjoy this!
Robert W Hickeyâ€™s picture shows, among his medals, a Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.Â In WW II he served with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division on Mindanao Island, P.I. and was wounded on 12 June 1945 at Mandog Crossing in the hills above Davao.
â€œI served with the 931st Engineer Aviation Group on Kadena, Okinawa from March, 1950 until April, 1951.Â The debris of WW II was still scattered all over the island.Â The day the Korean war started we were taken to the rifle range to reacquaint us with firearms, since they knew weâ€™d be going to Korea.Â As we rode to the range I watched the waves of the East China Sea rolling into the shore.Â That night I was assigned Charge-of-Quarters duty which necessitated staying awake all night in the company office to receive visitors and answer telephone calls.Â There were none of either.Â In order to pass the time I wrote this poem, â€œMonuments Of Battleâ€
â€œMonuments Of Battleâ€
â€œThe coral reef still guards the beach
There we once fought to land.
The endless waves still pound and beat
Upon the ageless sand.
The sun still shines upon the palms
And the jungle echoes with a million songs.
The world goes on with life and love
With never a thought to us above.â€
â€œIt was a beautiful place,
This sunny south sea isle,
A land of joy and happiness
When the Gods of peace did smile.
A land not meant for battle fields,
A name known only to a few
That would fill a book of history
Ere our bloody task were through.â€
â€œThe landing craft that charged the beach,
Thrusting through the spray,
Sit and rust upon the reef
Where they were tossed that day.
The rusty blade of a bayonet,
Broken and cast aside,
Lies in the sand and marks the spot
Where a brave man fell and died.â€
â€œAn empty clip from a carbine,
The stock of an old M-1,
The rusty bottom of a canteen cup
Reflecting the light of the sun.
These are our markers, our gravestones,
Our monuments left behind,
That will follow their makers back to the dust
As our deeds fade from the mind.â€
Posted by Jon Bryan in Random Thoughts at 08:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, August 29. 2008
This past Monday I had lunch with Brad and his wife, Joan.Â After lunch, as Brad and I went out to load some oak firewood into my truck, I noticed this motivational poster lying on his workbench.
Picking it up and admiring it, Brad told me that heâ€™d seen this picture when heâ€™d been in Iraq and, that obviously, someone had added the 'sentiment' and made a poster out of it.Â
The picture is of an Army sniper and his M-14, in Falluja during the big fight there.Â The â€œsmiley faceâ€™ got my attention, but I really liked the prose.
Remember, â€œThree muscles for proper trigger squeezeâ€, but always keep smiling!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Random Thoughts at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, May 25. 2008
Being Memorial Day (tomorrow), the following story, written by my Son, Brad, tells about a scrape he got into in Iraq.Â Our troops are going through things like this daily and we should all take time to thank the Lord for them and the great job they are doing!
Right Time, Wrong Place
By MSgt Brad Bryan
In April of 2004, along with my unit, the 1-7 CAV, I had been in Baghdad, Iraq for about a month. As the Squadron tank master gunner I had several responsibilities. One of these was to assist our unitâ€™s Civil Affairs team with their missions in our Area of Operations (AO).
On 28 April 2005, just after lunch, everyone involved in this afternoonâ€™s patrol met at our HUMVEEs for an Operations Order. The senior officer, a Major, briefed us on the afternoonâ€™s mission. His briefing included the locations we were going to visit, primary and alternate routes, actions on contact, and order of march for the vehicles. We were going to check on several civil projects going on in our area, the last one being a meeting with the contractor who was refurbishing an old Republican Guard headquarters building near Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). The building was being remodeled into a state of the art medical clinic for the citizens of the Al-Furat neighborhood.
L to R: Sergeants Rodriguez, Bryan and Presley in front of the AL-Furat clinic.
Before arriving at the clinic we had checked on all of the locations
It only took about 2 minutes for us
before we reached their position we started hearing small arms fire and
then all the Iraqis opened up in our direction with their AKâ€™s. The
sound of small arms fire was augmented by the sound of rounds splatting
on to our vehicles!
We proceeded to speed our Humvees, about 65 mph,
Posted by Jon Bryan in Ancestry at 08:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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