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DD214 and Sad Anniversary

The precious DD214


It is with great joy during these bleak times that the Bear announces the return of his last son from the Army. Without going into details, he got to spend some time in Korea. He is very happy to be home.

Not so joyful is marking the anniversary of the March 1st, 2012, despicable nighttime ambush of another son's unit in Afghanistan by so-called Afghan Allies in Kandahar Province. Please pray for my son, and the repose of the souls of SSgt Jordan Bear, and PFC Payton Jones; the first his sergeant, and the second his teammate.

2nd Battalion
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
82 Airborne Divison

American parachutists -- devils in baggy pants are less than 100 yards from my outpost. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the blackhearted devils are everywhere.
The above was taken from the diary of a dead German officer at Anzio, WWII. He is talking about the 82nd Airborne. They remain extremely effective light infantry, as proven in Afghanistan. Where they go, they walk. What they need, they carry. Their feats of endurance alone are impressive enough. (Then there's jumping out of airplanes.)

And who their government tells them to trust, they have no choice.

The Bear is very proud of both of his sons.

There may be a short break in articles. Somehow the Church will survive, the Bear expects.

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  1. You have reason to be proud, indeed.

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  2. Bear, I'm dense as an old stump. I can't quite figure out what has happened, but God bless your boys, and please worry not about articles.
    {{{{{{{{{{Bear and family}}}}}}}}}}

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    1. We have two events coinciding. One is my son got out of the Army and has just returned home. He was in military intelligence and trained in Korean. We are overjoyed.

      The other is a grim anniversary of an attack on our other son's unit in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Afghan "Allies" the government judged trustworthy enough to force our troops to share a fortified camp with. It's called a "Green on Blue" attack. They seized a tower from within the camp (FOB). It could have just as easily have been the one our son was in, but thank God it wasn't. They then attacked sleeping Americans inside the camp from the tower with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire, causing casualties including KIAs. It was our son's unit's first night in the FOB.

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  3. You and your family have my prayers, Bear.

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  4. St Michael pray for your sons and their comrades.

    May the brave deceased rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them.

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  5. St Michael pray for your sons and their comrades.

    May the brave deceased rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them.

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  6. When my nephew was in Afghanistan ( army officer) I could barely eat or sleep. I am praying for your sons, both of them

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    1. Every morning we would check the unit's Facebook page. We broke the code: if it had been taken down, that meant there were casualties. The next day or two the pictures of the slain soldier(s) would be up. We would be relieved, but then feel awful that we were relieved at the expense of another family. What a way to live, huh?

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    2. That sounds like hell, on earth.

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  7. Have one son in the army also---not overseas now. God bless you and your family, Bear.

    Seattle kim

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  8. You and your family are in my prayers Bear. May God shed his blessing on all of you, both here and beyond.

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  9. Many prayers for you and your entire family. May God Bless and keep your sons safe from harm and give your family the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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  10. Many prayers for you and your family, and for the souls of not only those whose anniversary approaches - may they rest in eternal peace, and perpetual light shine upon each of them...and all the brave souls who have died serving our country. God bless them, and all families who mourn their loss, as well as all families who await the return of their loved ones currently in harms' way. St. Michael the Archangel...defend us in battle...both on foreign lands - as well as the home front - military and spiritual combat - God is our refuge. While you rest and take a break - we will "keep our feet nailed to the floor in front of us" and hang in there - our eyes focused on Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Light. God bless you!!

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    1. My son did not stop asking for St. Michael's aid until the battle was over.

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  11. Many prayers for you and your family, and for the souls of not only those whose anniversary approaches - may they rest in eternal peace, and perpetual light shine upon each of them...and all the brave souls who have died serving our country. God bless them, and all families who mourn their loss, as well as all families who await the return of their loved ones currently in harms' way. St. Michael the Archangel...defend us in battle...both on foreign lands - as well as the home front - military and spiritual combat - God is our refuge. While you rest and take a break - we will "keep our feet nailed to the floor in front of us" and hang in there - our eyes focused on Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Light. God bless you!!

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  12. The rose stands for the family with faith and love for those who serve
    They're held with the highest respect for that's what they deserve.

    A yellow ribbon is for the loyalty waiting for those serving abroad,
    As we pray that they're watched over and kept close to God.

    --- from "Fallen Soldier Table" by Jon M. Nelson

    And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
    Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
    Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.

    --- from "Aftermath", by Siegfried Sassoon

    Words -- even poets' words -- are inadequate. May the perpetual light of God in Heaven shine upon the fallen, and may your dear son, returned home, find his way forward to take his peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.

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  13. Congratulations on having such worthy sons. Condolences on your loss. Thanks for his service.

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  14. The twins are enjoying their reunion, although one is haunted; a father knows.

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  15. Many prayers from MI to Bear and his cubs.

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