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Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:14 PM

I was a casket bearer at Dover. I never thought a U.S. president would insult the fallen.

The straight-line distance between Washington, D.C., and Dover, Delaware, is less than 85 miles. It takes a helicopter about 40 to 45 minutes to make the trip. I was 19 years old, and it was my first time riding a helicopter. I barely remember any of it. I was distracted.

I was more nervous than I've ever been in my life about what was to come next, and so, as this Black Hawk floated above the earth with my casket team, me the youngest and most junior, I could only think: What if I mess this up? What if I fail? How will I live with myself?

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In retrospect, I recall noticing the silence of the rest of the casket team. These were young men, mostly early 20s, loud and boisterous and chests puffed. Now, they were quiet. It was unnerving.

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I suppose the one thing we all took for granted is that dignity would always be affirmed by all our civilian leaders to those service members who gave everything. I never would have predicted any official, let alone a sitting president, would insult fallen service members.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/casket-bearer-dover-never-thought-071512014.html

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Reply I was a casket bearer at Dover. I never thought a U.S. president would insult the fallen. (Original post)
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Chainfire Sep 2020 #1
redstatebluegirl Sep 2020 #2
marble falls Sep 2020 #3
Karadeniz Sep 2020 #4
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:18 PM

1. If it were a Democratic President

The Republicans would scream about it for decades. It would have been the worst possible form of treason.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:20 PM

2. I went once.

A man who served with my brother in Vietnam, lost his son in Iraq. He didn't have much family, he considered my brother and I his family. I flew out to go with he and my brother to meet the plane bearing his son's casket. It was unbelievable, watching this strong man, melt into a pool of tears at the sight of his son's casket.

No matter what you feel about war, and I am not a big fan, this is the ultimate sacrifice for our country and it cannot and should not EVER be minimized. His son was the 4th generation in his family to serve our country, it was his only son and really his only relative.

My anger at this small man, is beyond the pale. He deserves nothing short of rotting in hell.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 01:45 PM

3. Heavy duty stuff ...

"I never would have predicted any official, let alone a sitting president, would insult fallen service members." This is something that Trump as someone who wants to lead a war against Iran should have learned by year 4.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 06:33 PM

4. I'm glad the father of the soldier killed in the Yemen raid told Trump off.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 09:05 PM

5. I have nothing to add except all DUers need to read this article.

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