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US Sailor Surprises Son Upon His Return from Iraq

This is a fantastic story. It's one I so wish my husband's cousin could have had with his kids, but I'm thrilled this brave man got to have it with his son. Be sure to get the tissues. You're gonna need 'em.


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Thank you Kim..I missed it.... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Thank you Kim..I missed it..the children whose Dads and Moms are either "there" or going over "there" again as part of the surge..are the forgotten ones...think how many times this would be repeated if we brought most of them home...

Think of the kids whose Daddy or Mommy comes home in a flag draped coffin..think of the kids whose Daddy or mommy comes home missing a limb...think of the children whose Daddy or Mommy come back with PTSD...
But of course..as we send more..and extend more Daddy and Mommy...the children can just deal with it...
Bring'em Home...Send No More...

The sailor's wife said it b... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

The sailor's wife said it best: "I'm so proud of him." I'm not willing to surrender and make the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives for their country meaningless. I'm not willing for our country to bow in subjection to insurgents when there are great men and women in our military who willingly and knowingly sign up for fight for our freedom.

nogo postal, I am so sick of your negativity and that of some of the others who have contaminated this once-great site. After reading through comments, I end up disgusted or disspirited, and I'm tired of it.

Jay Tea et al, it's your site and you will do as you like, but I can't take these comments in every thread. If you don't ban or at least warn these people, I won't be back. I'll miss the writers but not as much as I'll be relieved of the stress of comments like those of nogo postal.

One person's negativity is ... (Below threshold)
groucho:

One person's negativity is another's reality. If it's a Kleenex moment you're shooting for, how about clips of mommy telling the kids daddy will never be coming home? Because really that's the kind of moment most "negative" posters here would like to eliminate by disentangling US from the sorry mess we've created over there.

Ban away. Then maybe this site will mirror the kind of world so many here seem to want; one in which there are no dissenting viewpoints, only the blissed out faithful marching in lockstep, secure and smug in their righteous condemnation of all that is different.

Thank you Kim..<br /... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Thank you Kim..
Wow. That's nice. We're off to a good start here.

the children whose Dads and Moms are either "there" or going over "there" again as part of the surge..are the forgotten ones...
Well, yeah. Okay, I guess. But, my brother doesn't think he's forgotten by anybody...except maybe the MSM or liberal politicians.

Think of the kids whose Daddy or Mommy comes home in a flag draped coffin..think of the kids whose Daddy or mommy comes home missing a limb...think of the children whose Daddy or Mommy come back with PTSD...
Oh yeah. Here it comes. Just like always. The intense need to politicize everything. No moments of "Yeah. This is the good stuff". Nope. It all has to be used for political gain, without the benefit of asking Bill Haas his opinion. It's all politics with liberals.

So, I'll say it: This is the good stuff.

groucho and nogo proving ye... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

groucho and nogo proving yet again just how pathetic and low liberals truly are all in the name of never ending quest for power. There is never any lines you won't cross in your race to the bottom of the barrel. What an incredibly group of disgusting people you are.

one in which there are n... (Below threshold)
Clay:

one in which there are no dissenting viewpoints,

You mean like Kos?

Some people just can't stan... (Below threshold)

Some people just can't stand it that other people think that the hard things are worth doing.

Some people just can't stand the notion of honor or valor or sacrifice or the fact that other people might think those things are valuable and admire and respect those who do what is hard, what is emotionally draining, what is frightening or dangerous.

Me? I'm just glad that the little boy wasn't afraid of his father on television. It's tough with very small kids. They don't always recognize Daddy or Mommy when they get home again. It can tear your heart out.

Still, none of that makes me any less proud of those who go, and doubly proud of those who wait for them to get home.

The good stuff would be to ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

The good stuff would be to plant a brand new ball bat just under the nose of those to slime balls called no'go' & grouch.

A great story. It was good... (Below threshold)

A great story. It was good to see the joyous reunion. But there was someting else in the story beside the tears of joy. All of the boy's classmates wrote letters and sent care packages. It shows a great deal of community support for the sailor and his family.

All of our Armed Forces need to be shown the same support.

goddessoftheclassroom wrote... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

goddessoftheclassroom wrote:
nogo postal, I am so sick of your negativity and that of some of the others who have contaminated this once-great site. After reading through comments, I end up disgusted or disspirited, and I'm tired of it.

...which explains why nogo postal and others post here.

Thanks for the link, Kim. G... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Thanks for the link, Kim. Great Story!

Has anyone noticed the only negative posters are liberals?
Is it the mindset (small as it is)?

I say let them post here and do not ban them.
We always need to be reminded of their bad example...

Synova,It's not th... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Synova,

It's not that it's a hard thing, it's a wrong thing and that's what makes the loss or destruction of life so much more painful. I have contributed to groups collecting items to send to the soldiers over there. I have spoken with those who have survived and returned home and, honestly, their feelings are decidedly mixed, some supportive of the mission, others discouraged. Unlike Kim, I have lost no one in this war and I think not one more life need be lost in this colossal foreign policy blunder.

Sacrifice is worthy if the cause is just. I've seen nothing in the last four years that makes me think this is one justifies the loss of 3200+ lives and the disruption of countless thousands more. I support and respect our men and women in uniform and sympathize deeply with those who have suffered loss. It's the people with their hands on the controls I have an issue with. And no, those positions are not mutually exclusive.

goddess -- do what I do.<br... (Below threshold)

goddess -- do what I do.
Ignore their comments. Talk with whom you want to.

I've been thinking, however, that Wizbang should hire a new person whose only job is to push the bozo button on excessive invective -- there are plenty of left and right people here who understand how to have a debate without the use of personal insult.

But then again, smackdown sometimes makes good entertainment.

Groucho / Nogo , YOU ARE ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Groucho / Nogo , YOU ARE BOTH WRONG. End of story.

Sky..and others...Yo... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Sky..and others...
Your view that those Americans whom oppose our President's vision of "MORE..MORE MORE.." can be labeled as "liberals" only demonstrates..ah what it demonstrates.. you all toss around liberal in a pejorative manner..can you provide 3 non-Rush/LGF definitions of what YOU believe "liberal" to be?

As for negative...please post a link anywhere that shows over 50% of Americans support Bush on any position....
I still ask...No one here has demonstrated they are in Iraq or going to Iraq..with children...
I admit..I am not one of those...
I have stayed away from this card..but I will play it now...
If you truly believe..and are under the age of 40...put your ass on the line....
...been there..done that..enlisted 04/10/69
ah...people forget that ten's of thousands of us volunteered during the draft back in Viet Nam...
I do not apologize for my choice..but I call out..everyone who lacks the courage to follow our President's call for more...
we all want it both ways...
so go ahead and trash this vet using simplistic jingo....I have been to the junction..so many here are ...ah cowards...Flame away...

"think how many time... (Below threshold)
89:


"think how many times this would be repeated if we brought most of them home...

Think of the kids whose Daddy or Mommy comes home in a flag draped coffin..think of the kids whose Daddy or mommy comes home missing a limb...think of the children whose Daddy or Mommy come back with PTSD"

And think about all those Iraqi families who will get to lose their moms and dads becaused they dared to offend Saddam by voting in free elections, or are the wrong kind of muslims, or no - wait - forget that. How silly of me. That's no concern at all.

Because their families will be dead too, so there'd be nobody to grieve for them.

And the journalists and the bloggers would be dead or jailed, so we wouldn't hear about it.

And if any word were to get out, our protectors in the professional media would make sure that we don't hear about it. Or at least let us know why it's no big deal.

Until the terrorists make another big strike in the U.S. Then it'll be Bush's fault for pulling out the troops of Iraq. Or something...

Carry on.

Hey nogo, maybe you and you... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Hey nogo, maybe you and your other troll buddies in here can join your liberal buddies and burn an effigy of this soldier. Then show it to this little boy. That should make you bastards happy.

Sickos.

"ah...people forget that te... (Below threshold)
89:

"ah...people forget that ten's of thousands of us volunteered during the draft back in Viet Nam"

Ah, then you did the same thing as our current president. He volunteered for the National Guard. And then volunteered for going to South-East Asia - but was turned down because his jet model was obsolete.

What was your unit, nogo postal?

The right wing blogo... (Below threshold)
dr lava:


The right wing blogosphere is a little late in the slamming of Pat Tillmans Mom...aren't they?

Or are you gutless war cheerleaders waiting for Limbaugh or Mothers Day?

Just because you don't see ... (Below threshold)

Just because you don't see the point of what we are trying to do doesn't mean you have to piss on it. You claim to support and respect those in the military so why, when all that clip was was about a guy in the military, did you need to piss on it?

You think it's bad what we're trying to do. I don't. I don't think it's a waste. I wish to heck that people could get their heads out of their rears and realize that we need to *do* something about the middle east because the "system" there is broken. The rest of the world gets better on human rights, or tries, but country after country there is dominated by tyrants and oppression and instead of getting pushed back it's spreading... and when life sucks wise rulers focus the anger outward. Hindus are catching it. Lots of people are catching that hatred, not just us.

At one time liberals could have been counted on to understand that oppression bleeds outward. Now they've decided that if we just leave well enough alone it will stay over there and who really cares if they prey on each other.

Disagree if you like. Have objections to those making the decisions. Believe the choices are wrong and the war is wrong and all that.

You can do that and support troops.

But I don't think you can piss on comment threads about a heartwarming homecoming and support troops.

dr lava, why would we slam ... (Below threshold)

dr lava, why would we slam Pat Tillman's mom?

It took a long time for any of us "gutless war cheerleaders" to even slam Sheehan. People felt sorry for her, then they felt pity for her. Not even she got slammed until it was utterly clear that she was having a party on Casey's grave and it was all about her and he was only an excuse.

The only thing I've seen about Pat Tillman's mother lately was a milblogger saying that there was no excuse to have lied to her, ever. That those who made the decision to lie to her were wrong.

Nice try 89..I will tell yo... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Nice try 89..I will tell you my mos was USN CTO..{simple google)
I will be more specific..when you give personal specifics about your military service...
I will tell you...that my V.A. ID Card has "Service Connected" in the appropriate place...
oh yeah..you don't know what I mean...see all vets can get an Id...but service connected have those words underneath our picture...
May I also suggest...you visit your local VA hospital...ask someone waiting ...if they are "service connected"..if they say "yes"...look at their card...

"You claim to support and r... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"You claim to support and respect those in the military so why, when all that clip was was about a guy in the military, did you need to piss on it?"_ Synova

You have to admit this was a play at the heartstrings. And a cheap play. Sensitive kid, etc.

When my dad came back from Viet Nam, all I thought was "Dad's sure gotten skinny!"

And Kim: I'll raise you One "Ponette" in the Weep Sweepstakes!

http://www.amazon.com/Ponette-Victoire-Thivisol/dp/1572522747

Just because you don't ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Just because you don't see the point of what we are trying to do doesn't mean you have to piss on it. You claim to support and respect those in the military so why, when all that clip was was about a guy in the military, did you need to piss on it?

You're mixed up Synova. They feel the need to defacate (not piss) on it. The post, the flags, the soldiers, America. You know, whatever they can.

And now, we return to our r... (Below threshold)
JD:

And now, we return to our regularly scheduled topic post...

To CPO Haas:

You stepped up, did your duty, served your nation, and came home alive - and gave that little boy an image in his mind that will last for years and years to come.

Bravo Zulu, Sailor!

That MSNBC anchor is a beas... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

That MSNBC anchor is a beast, ain't she?

bryanDirtbag shows again th... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

bryanDirtbag shows again that he is a scumbag also.

Some people like the tear j... (Below threshold)

Some people like the tear jerker stuff, some people don't. I have a friend who sends me inspirational chain letters, I don't send them on.

I also don't write back to her and tear her down for liking them.

I don't cry in public. I'd rather be naked in public than cry in public. I recognize that not everyone is like me and I don't feel compelled to be snarky and disrespectful and rude.

It's all just an excuse anyhow. "Oh, but that was a deliberate tear jerker so I can be a jerk. Yay!"

As if a jerk needs an excuse.

Synova...if you revisit the... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Synova...if you revisit the original link...the person crying the most...is ah..six years old...
grateful to see his daddy......
as for crying in public?
I challenge you to attend the next funeral of a troop KIA in Iraq...and not "cry" in public...
Maybe your upbringing...real men don't cry/or in your case join the military during a time of war...it is too bad this prevents you from expressing..ah what you should express...
However...in the 23 funerals I have attended here in Denver in the past 4 years,,,Taps..bring tears...in PUBLIC....and most everyone present...does the same...

Libbies DONT care about liv... (Below threshold)
Gloria Wise:

Libbies DONT care about lives, soldiers are just political currency to them.

How come libbies never stand up for the million + babies murdered every year, or the 1000's murdered in those big liberal cities?

Philly has already had 100 murders so far this year, libbies are quiet on that subject, and I cant imagine what the NYT would lie about if we lost that any soldiers in such a short amount of time.


Wonder if the far left pussies who burned a soldier in effigy last week(while wearing masks like the terrorists do), were pissed because there was a feel good moment involving a soldier?

Kim, Thanks for that...<br ... (Below threshold)
tyree:

Kim, Thanks for that...

nogo you idiot.Did... (Below threshold)

nogo you idiot.

Didn't you notice the news lady crying? Or the guy's wife crying? I don't mind other people crying or other people who appreciate emotional things. I feel uncomfortable being emotional in public. Other people feel far more free to be emotional in public. I feel very uncomfortable viewing other people who are having an emotional moment because I feel like I'm intruding.

I know where my feelings on this comes from and I know why it took me years to feel comfortable even hugging other ladies at church.

My point was that I don't insist that other people be like me. I know that many people are not at all like me in this and you know, they are probably more emotionally healthy than I am because of it.

I was responding to bryanD and his pathetic excuse for his behavior which was, "You have to admit this was a play at the heartstrings. And a cheap play. Sensitive kid, etc."

Men cry plenty. I'm not a man. And I'm baffled at why I've been getting so much of the wrong pronoun lately. What about "Synova" sounds masculine?

Synova typed:"And ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Synova typed:

"And I'm baffled at why I've been getting so much of the wrong pronoun lately. What about "Synova" sounds masculine"

I assumed you where male, too, but now that you mention it, "Synova" with its "A" suffix...
It's all clear now.
But be prepared for more of same. Unless your nick is obvious or you speak in the classic alpha fembot voice, the assumption will be made that you're a MALE bloghound/nerd/knowitall/geek.
And a too-mysterious feminine nick could mean a fat guy enamored of Japanese demon girls in some videogame. (Not me. I'm not fat.)

Don't know about a videogam... (Below threshold)

Don't know about a videogame, anime maybe, and what's not to like about Japanese demon girls? The fan service does nothing for me but there's plenty to like without needing that.

Dang it, bry, why can't you just be a normal sociable person more often?

Synova asked:Dang... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

Synova asked:
Dang it, bry, why can't you just be a normal sociable person more often?

Because, to people like bryan, nogo, etc., manners are a sign of weakness. They're here to push buttons, to try and inflict pain and misery as they can upon people who don't agree with them. For The Cause!

I don't cry easily, either. I don't begrudge or belittle any of the other folks who have. To a normal person, it was a very touching moment, whether you were moved to tears or not....

...to Bryan, nogo, et al, it's ammunition, a resource to exploit. They'll milk all they can to try and hammer people who support the war, thinking it will break their will, and if the father of that boy dies then they'll gleefully use his corpse and all the emotional grief that death will bring as well.

Emotional parasites, the lot of them. Ghouls.

Oh dear, now they'll either cackle in glee, try some stupid moral equivalence game, or get all whiny about how mean I'm being. Well, they aren't the ones I'm communicating with.

Everyday until 2008 wil... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Everyday until 2008 will be a day to fill with election fraud (democrat lies , smears and bogus investigations). Meanwhile the democrat media willfully ignores one of the first obvious lies from the Queen of Hypocrisy herself Piglosi and her most honest , transparent bla bla bla in the History of bla bla bla. The Democrat party of fraud and lies should only be saying one thing day after day which is the truth.

Like democrat Cy Thao admits http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/
members.asp?district=65A

"When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money."

Kinda of explains why the democrats are a perpetual fraud and the democrat media covers the filthy lying asses.

Rob LA Ca, that's totally a... (Below threshold)
89:

Rob LA Ca, that's totally and utterly off topic. Get out.

And don't knock the demon girls. Auauau~

Nipa.

Synova typed:"anim... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Synova typed:

"anime maybe, and what's not to like about Japanese demon girls? The fan service does nothing for me but there's plenty to like without needing that."

Had to look up "fan service".
I LIKE fan service!
"Sailor fuku" a'la Sailor Moon!
As for demon girls, they must have a SOFT side: Willow/ Evil Willow: su-poib! (I know, not anime, but so what: it's Alysson frickin' Hannigan!)

Dang it, bry, why can't you just be a normal sociable person more often?"

That's a loaded question! To be continued...

"Rob LA Ca, that's totally ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"Rob LA Ca, that's totally and utterly off topic. Get out."

Oh ya , forgot to mention, Democrats care , support and feel for our troops?

Bullshit.

Off topic? You must be thinking of the head up the ass democrats who utterly stupid to realize and admit they are wrong and the course has been changed in Iraq and we Americans are winning. You , the rats and the enemy are losing. If you want to lose and quite , then why don't you just quite and lose your life and let those who want to live , live.

Nogo, What's this ... (Below threshold)

Nogo,
What's this MOS thing? When I was in the Navy as a CT, it wasn't called an MOS. That was an Army term. Are you for real, or did you just pick up the lingo?

Nogo,I forgot. These... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Nogo,
I forgot. These are the kids you want to see aborted so they won't have to face the pain of a dead parent? I guess problems are solved differently depending upon your political viewpoint.

During the vietnam era, I j... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

During the vietnam era, I joined the Navy because my draft number was coming up. a pre-emptive strike. The difference between my and others veterans' status is in the fact that we did not decide to join the military, the decision was made for us. The brave men and women who are in the services now are much braver and even more patriotic. They knew going in that they would probably be sent to Iraq, but they believe in the cause and act accordingly. Now the lefty dimmers have said like Kerry, they are stupid. They have no other opportunities. It just proves they hate the military and do not possess a tenth of the current crop of military's courage. ww

Steve G.,MOS is Mi... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Steve G.,

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty.

Marine Corps uses the term and they're part of the Navy Department.

nogo,

To fend off Haters start every post with:
"My name is nogo and right this moment I'm wearing an American flag lapel pin and assorted Factor gear."

MOS is a ground pounder ter... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

MOS is a ground pounder term. Flyers and aquids have differnt terms, AFSC and NEC repectively, if I recall correctly.

Personally, I am suprised that a marine wouldn't know the navy used a different system, and any naval rating or officer who had marines onboard would have run into MOS as well. And I've never heard a sailor say "my MOS..." before, if only to remind us all they are not marines. And that at sea, the MC in USMC stands for mop and clean. But hey, that's just my experience.

Anyway, BryanD, how old were you when your father came home from Vietnam? Just curious as a teen and a 6 year old, for example, are bound to have differnt observations.

SCSI wuzzy typed: "Anyway, ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

SCSI wuzzy typed: "Anyway, BryanD, how old were you when your father came home from Vietnam? Just curious as a teen and a 6 year old, for example, are bound to have differnt observations"

I was 7 yo.(1968).

"I am suprised that a marine wouldn't know the navy used a different system"

P-3 pilots, Seabees, Corpsmen. Why the hell would I know or care how they classified what they did?

"And that at sea, the MC in USMC stands for mop and clean. But hey, that's just my experience"

Those ship Captains were mofos for morning cleanup. Meanwhile the squids would grab a swab, slip into a locker, and go back to sleep standing up. 3rd Class Seamen were FUNNY!
What we mainly did though, was PT on the tank deck and drink all the Cokes in the vending machines.

Oh, man. That made me cry.<... (Below threshold)
jdavenport:

Oh, man. That made me cry.

Anyone believe bryanDirtbag... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Anyone believe bryanDirtbag?




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