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a thanksgiving card for our fighting men and women

If you go to this web site,, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a service person who is currently serving in   Iraq . You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services..  
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!  It is FREE and only takes a second.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our service men and women received a bunch of these?   Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you.   Please take the time, and then pass it on to others.  We can never say enough thank you’s.


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101stAirborneDivision82ndairbornedivisionAces High celebrates D-Day American paratroopers

Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France

30th MAY – 7th JUNE 2009

To help commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day Aces High be exhibiting at Airborne Museum, Sainte-Mère-Église.  If you are visiting Normandy to take part in the celebrations, be sure to visit their display at the Airborne Museum in this historic location where US paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed during the early hours of D-Day.

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Also, in commemoration of the 65th Anniversay of D-Day and to honour the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, Aces High have released a new print by Richard Taylor.  Entitled “Ste Mère-Église”, Richard’s detailed new drawing depicts the link-up between paratroops of the 82nd and a Sherman Firefly tank of an unidentified armoured unit.  Also depicted is the famous parachute of one of the 82nd troopers who got caught on the church steeple.

BAND OF BROTHERS at the UK Gallery

20th & 21st JUNE

In 1942, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was created at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, to train an elite Airborne Regiment who would bravely jump behind enemy lines as part of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe. During the early hours of D-Day 6th June 1944 these paratroopers spearheaded the attack on Normandy, with Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division playing a vital role in this advance. Fighting throughout Normandy, Easy Company were then assigned to Holland to support the British forces in Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden. Several months later the entire 101st Airborne Division fought in freezing conditions in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge before finally advancing to Berchtesgaden to capture Hitler’s Eagles Nest.

Aces High UK will be joined for a special event on the 20th and 21st of June by the following veterans of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division:

Corporal HERB ‘Jr’ SUERTH – 18 year old Herb Suerth enlisted as a volunteer for the Reserve Engineer Corps in November 1942, but after a change of heart in 1944 he was assigned to 101st Airborne Division, beginning the parachute school training in August that year. After final combat training in Holland, Herb was trucked into Bastogne in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, also fighting in Foy. In January 1945 Herb was wounded by the artillery fire and his legs were severely injured but ultimately saved. As a result of these injuries Herb was shipped back to the US during April 1945.

Sergeant AMOS ‘Buck’ TAYLOR – Having worked in a factory making Sherman Tanks, Buck aided the war effort even further by becoming a Paratrooper and enlisted in July 1942 before being assigned to 3rd Platoon upon his arrival at Toccoa. When jumping into Europe on D-Day he was 2nd Squad Leader but having scattered on the jump, it was not until several days later that he joined up with the rest of the company, just prior to the attack on Carentan during which he was made 3rd Platoon Sergeant. At the Battle of the Bulge, when advancing from Bastogne to Foy, Buck was badly injured when shot in the leg which saw the end of his war spending 11months in hospital.

Colonel ED SHAMES – Enlisting in September 1942 at the age of 19, Ed Shames was to become one of the most respected officers in the 101st Airborne Division. A stickler for detail, he always got the job done, and brought his men home. Originally assigned to I Company in the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment he was transferred to Headquarters Company receiving a battlefield commission during the taking of Carentan in Normandy. He joined Easy Company in July 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant prior to
Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.

Sergeant PAUL ROGERS – Aged 24, Paul Rogers volunteered to be a Paratrooper in 1942 and soon found himself at Toccoa training under Colonel Sink. When jumping into Europe on D-Day, Paul lost most of his equipment, including his rifle, and his parachute snagged on trees from which he had to cut himself loose; he later found out he had landed eight miles from the intended drop zone. With the 3rd Battalion he fought throughout Normandy but was injured when jumping into Holland as part of Operation Market Garden and subsequently spent four weeks in hospital. Upon rejoining the platoon he stayed with them all the way through to Hitler’s Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden.

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Individual Decorations & Service Medals:

  • Distinguished Service Cross (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Silver Star (with nine Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Bronze Star Medal (with “V” Device & seven Oak Leaf Clusters)(Seven of the awards for heroism)
  • Purple Heart (with seven Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Medal (with “V” Device & Numeral 34)(One for heroism and 33 for aerial achievement)
  • Army Commendation Medal (w/ “V” Device & 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany and Japan Clasps)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Service Star)
  • Korean Service Medal (with Service Stars for eight campaigns)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal (2 Silver Service Stars = 10 campaigns)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Unit Awards:

  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Valorous Unit Award (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation

Badges & Tabs:

  • Combat Infantryman Badge (w/ one Star; representing 2 awards)
  • Master Parachutist Badge
  • Army General Staff Identification Badge

Foreign Awards:

World War II Merchant Marine Awards:

  • Pacific War Zone Bar
  • Victory Medal

Note: As per a Department of the Army audit conducted by COL Pam Mitchell, Chief Personnel ServiceSupport Division on May 6 1999.

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101stAirborneDivisionHis name was David Haskell Hackworth and he died on May 4, 2005. He was a retired colonel in the United States Army and up until the day of his death, the nation’s most decorated living soldier. He lived a full life, but died as no soldier should: ravaged by a cancer most likely caused by his own nation’s use of chemical agents during the Vietnam War.


“Commissioned on the battlefield at the age of 20,” he became the U.S. Army’s youngest captain. He would later go on to become its youngest full colonel. And he would throw it all away on principle after appearing on a CBS news program in 1971 declaring that the Vietnam War was unwinnable and that the United States should pull out. He also predicted that Saigon would fall within four years – it did on April 30, 1975 (how prescient he was).


The Army that he lied about his age to join at 15 had been his life and it turned his back on him. Phony charges were trumped up against him and he was almost court-martialed. His career ended prematurely by the political hacks in uniform and the West Point Protective Association (WPPA), and he resigned. He threw away all of his medals or gave them to the children of relatives. He moved to Australia where he became successful with a string of restaurants and by breeding ducks. He married for a second time. But he never stopped loving the Army that had nurtured him.


Perhaps most importantly, he never stopped caring about the welfare of the average GI who did the fighting, bleeding and dying for the nation he still called home. He thought about them and wrote about them and in 1989 published his bestselling book entitled quite appropriately, About Face.


The book brought him additional attention and he decided to return to the USA. He traveled and lectured and became a senior correspondent for Newsweek magazine. At an age when most men are thinking of retirement, he started a new career as a war correspondent and traveled with U.S. and French forces during the first Gulf War. He would later post dispatches from Bosnia, Macedonia, and wherever and whenever American troops were sent in harm’s way.


He never tired of speaking for the common soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman. He established a foundation known as Soldiers For The Truth (SFTT) and set up a website where he allowed GIs to write in about poor leadership, broken equipment and whatever other problems are the lot in life of the poor snuffy who all too often is told to grasp the bitter end.


Hack would have never succeeded in elective politics; he didn’t know how to be diplomatic. A true infantry officer, trained in the profession of arms, he cared most about his troops and ensuring that he brought as many home as he could. But Hack was no blood-thirsty killer. Despite his years of combat and chest full of medals, he knew that war represented the failure of national policy and that most of the conflicts we had become embroiled in since he retired from the Army were unnecessary.


When he died on May 4, he was 74. In his too many battles, he had been wounded eight times. Until the day he died, in one leg, he continued to carry a bullet he stopped, fired at him by a North Vietnamese soldier more than 35 years ago. And he developed a virulent form of cancer most likely as a direct result of defoliants used by his country in that all too painful war in Indo-China.


Hack inspired an incredible degree of loyalty and devotion among the soldiers he once led and later, with the staff of writers who posted regularly at his site. I was one of them and feel honored to be able to say that.


–Paul Connors

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He walked as tall as Alvin York and Audie Murphy. But they earned their combat records in World Wars I and II. Joe earned his medals in that unpopular war. That place called Vietnam.

At the age of 17 Joe enlisted in the Navy. He liked the service life and planned a military career. But when it was time to reenlist in 1961, he changed to the Army. Joe ended up with the 101st Airborne Division and went to Vietnam where he earned The Congressional Medal of Honor.

…Company D. was assualting a heavily defended enemy position along a river bank when it encountered a withering hail of fire from rockets, machine-guns and automatic weapons. He rallied several men and stormed across the river, over running several bunkers on the opposite shore.

…..With utter disregard for his own saftey, he moved out under the intense fire again and pulled back the wounded, moving them to saftey…Joe was seriously wounded, but refused medical aid and returned to his men. With the relentless enemy fire disrupting the attack, he single-handedly stormed three enemy bunkers, destroying them with hand grenades and rifle fire, and shot two enemy soldiers who had attacked and wounded the Chaplin….

Finding his men under heavy fire from a house to the front, he proceeded alone to the building, killing its occupants with rifle fire and grenades By now his initial body wound had been compounded by grenade fragments, yet, despite the multiple wounds and loss of blood, he continued to lead his men against the intense enemy fire….

He gathered several grenades and raced down a small trench which ran the length of the bunker line, tossing grenades into each bunker as he passed by, killing all but two of the occupants… He then raced across an open field, still under enemy fire, to rescue a wounded man who was trapped in a trench. Upon reaching the man, he was faced by an armed enemy soldier whom he killed with a pistol… He neutralized the final pocket of enemy resistance by fatally wounding three North Vietnamese officers…

Joe was wounded seven times that day. But he wouldn’t allow himself to be removed from the battlefield until all his men were safe. He finally passed out from loss of blood.

He regained consiousness in a field hospital. But Joe was still worried about his men, young men who depended upon the experience of the 29 year old sargent.

The next day he stole a rifle and hitched a ride back to his outfit. Technially, he was AWOL. But by the time the Army found him two days later, Joe had been wounded again.

President Richard Nixon pinned the Medal of Honor on Joe, who had been comissioned a 2nd Lt. He went on a speaking tour across the nation.

Then he asked to go back to Vietnam.

After two combat tours in the war, Joe had received 37 medals. They included two Silver Stars(one of them had started out as another recommendation for a second Medal of Honor), six Bronze Stars and eight Purple Hearts.

Joe returned to duty at Fort Polk, La. where he was training recruits. But he didn’t fit in well with stateside duty and he resigned his comission in 1972.

Joe was disillusioned by the Army and its lack of discipline. He believed that discipline and training were what paid off in combat.

Joe’s wife said he cried that day as he watched the news films showing the last of the American forces being pulled out of Vietnam. He told her all those lives and all those broken bodies had been wasted. He said we had accomplished nothing.

Joe made many speeches about his combat experiences. He told a reporter he could smell the enemy.

If someone asked, he would tell them about the day he won The Medal of Honor, “I had no choice that day, ” Joe would say, “I did what I had to do.”

That was Joe Hooper’s philosophy in life. You do what you have to do at the time and face tomnorrow when it arrives.

Joe was in Louisville, Kentucky for the running of the Kentucky Derby, when he died on May 5,1979. He was found in a hotel room. He was 40 years old. He died a quiet death from a cerebral hemorrage while sleeping.


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All the Way!
Paratroopers are taught to never give up; their motto is “All the Way, Airborne!”

The way I see Liberals, when all’s said and done,
Is like those who’d fall out of their last jump school run.
We all started those runs with the will to succeed,
But for some the pain just surpassed their need,
To stand in that door in the blast of the props,
To go all the way, pulling out all the stops,
Accepting the challenge that stood you up here,
Your feet in the door, your heart pounding with fear.

Some folks are quitters, who fall by the way,
While others run past them, determined to stay,
Enduring the aches, sucking glory through pain,
For the jump wings they seek and the glory they gain.
“All the way,” is their hymn, the cadence they sing,
As they blow past the burn, reaching for the brass ring;
But the quitters fall out; they can’t handle the pain,
Ensuring only the best and the hardest remain.

War is like jump school, the going gets rough,
And playing at tough is just not enough.
It’s the spirit within you that says you won’t quit,
Proves that you’re worthy, proves that you’re fit,
To fight on in combat when comrades are falling,
To fight for your life, for your cause, for your calling,
With never a thought you might possibly yield,
And never one thought of retreat from the field.

Those who toughed out those runs, stood in that door,
Don’t understand those who won’t fight anymore;
Can’t fathom their calls for retreat from Iraq,
Calls to pull out our troops, to bring them all back,
Thank goodness we’ve men who’ll stand in that door
And go all the way till the fight is no more.
Paratroopers are winners, who’ll stay ‘til it’s done,
But most Libs are quitters, who won’t finish the run. 

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