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As a tribute to Mr. Clancy, Charlie Rose played part of an interview he conducted with the author in 1996; it starts at about 46 minutes. Incidentally, the first part of the show is a discussion with Benjamin Netanyahu that's worth the watch.

http://www.charliero.../watch/60275377

Cheers to Mr. Clancy; a great man who was dedicated to his craft, his country, and our nation's military.

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So pleased he was able to live a long and free life. In fact, many continue to enjoy a long and free life due to heroes like Nick Oresko.

God bless you sir.

FM

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Like HU&W said, his books were an early inspiration for me to join the military; I borrowed The Hunt For Red October from my grandfather in '85 or '86... followed shortly by Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games. I ended up with all of his "major" books in my collection, and I've re-read them all several times over the years.

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"To this day, there are veterans of the 1/7 CAV who are convinced that God may look like CSM Plumley,

but HE is not nearly as tough as the Sergeant Major on sins small or large."

- Excerpt from his Army Times obituary

It is with a heavy heart that we report that CSM Basil Plumley passed away at 0400hrs this morning, 10 OCT 2012, after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer and moved to a Hospice a little over a week ago. CSM Plumley lost his first battle on this day, but i am sure he is now whipping Heaven in to shape, as his Soldiers meet him at the gates in formation.

CSM Plumley was the epitome of a Soldier and a Warrior. RIP CSM, you have done your time in Hell, now it is time for you to rest. Thanks to you for all you have done for this country and our freedom. Words can never express the gratitude we have for you and the selfless service you have given to this great country.

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Holy crap...can't believe I missed that. And can't believe I didn't know he passed away.

Quibbling: This time last year I was in the brain sucking land of the Deid so that might explain it...

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It's tough to lose any of The Greatest Generation, but Joe Gomer was a proud Duluthian, and Duluth was proud to have him. He was Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, and was a very humble person. I recall the first time I met him, at a Cirrus company picnic sitting quietly in his wheelchair watching Tora Tora Tora perform their practice airshow for the upcoming Duluth Airshow. He was a genuine man, and held no bitterness towards America's past;

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We’re all Americans. That’s why we chose to fight. I’m as American as anybody. My black ancestors were brought over against their will to help build America. My German ancestors came over to build a new life. And my Cherokee ancestors were here to greet all the boats."
-Joe Gomer

rather was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for it.

RIP Major Gomer. :salut:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/280290/group/News/

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You think he would have signed that memo banning "so to speaks" and use of the number 69?

Godspeed to another old school warrior who hadn't lost focus of what's important. :beer:

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From today's New York Times:

In later years, General Risner participated in reunions of airmen. At a gathering in the 1990s, he met a Russian MIG-15 ace who had been in Korea at the same time. The other pilot wondered if they had ever faced each other in combat.

“No way,” General Risner replied. “You wouldn’t be here.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/us/robinson-risner-ace-fighter-pilot-dies-at-88.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131028

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The Final Toast of the Doolittle Raiders will be today 9 Nov 2013 at 6pm eastern. It will be streamed live here.

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I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony at Wright-Patterson AFB this afternoon. It was a huge privilege to be in the company of such great men.

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I did not see this thread before I put my picture up in the Squadron Bar, but I will repost the picture of the missing man formation flown with B-25s to honor these men:

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http://www.crofts-crowfuneralhome.com/obituaries.aspx?turl=http%3A%2F%2Fhosting-25753.tributes.com%2Fshow%2FKevin-A.-Gilroy-Colonel-USAF-Retired--96698911

True hero, he came and talked at the EWO schoolhouse when I was there, very down to earth, talked to all the students over a beer about flying a brand new mission in some of the toughest combat the AF has ever seen.

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