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IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS – BE SURE YOU’RE SITTING DOWN. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GESTURES FOR WHICH THERE ARE FEW WORDS.

 

Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders v. USMC

If this doesn’t put a smile on your face…

The Miami Dolphin cheerleaders sent the US Troops in Afghanistan a music video and they sent one back…mimicking them almost to perfection. SO cool!!! Plus the Soldiers light off a four point deuce mortar as a point of punctuation. Soldiers win…hands down!!!

This is fascinating. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders did a dance video to “Call Me Maybe.” U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan saw it and did their own version, matching the cheerleaders scene-by scene. Here are the two videos together.

 

 

No Man Left Behind Monument

Dear Paul,

Hope For The Warriors® is proud to announce our gift of a new monument, titled No Man Left Behind, to the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The monument brings to life the iconic photo captured in Fallujah by acclaimed combat photographer Lucian Read. As battle raged, then 1stSgt Bradley Kasal, USMC, risked his life for the lives of his Marines. In turn, two of his Marines, Lance Corporals Chris Marquez and Dan Shaffer, risked their lives to carry him out of the building called Hell House.

Hope For The Warriors® commissioned the monument to honor those wounded in the line of duty and those who never returned home. No Man Left Behind represents the ultimate price of battle, the spirit of brotherhood, and the dedication given by service members and their families.

The monument was created by John Phelps, artist, Vietnam veteran and Gold Star Father. John’s son, LCpl Chance Phelps, USMC, was killed in action in April 2004. The HBO® movie, Taking Chance, chronicled the journey of the Marine escort who brought LCpl Phelps home.

This monument is a reminder of our commitment to restore self, family, and hope to all who utilize the Warrior Hope and Care Center. You too can share in our commitment. Donate today.

Sincerely,
Robin Kelleher
President/CEO
www.hopeforthewarriors.org/donate

When The Marines Come Around

Keep this Hummer moving…

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.
Karla Comfort received a lot of looks and even some salutes from people when she drove from Benton, Ark.., to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in her newly-painted, custom Hummer H3 March 2. The vehicle is adorned with the likeness of her son, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason, and nine other Marines with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who were all killed by the same improvised explosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December.

For Karla Comfort, having the vehicle air brushed with the image of the 10 Marines was a way to pay homage to her hero and his fellow comrades who fell on Iraq’s urban battlefield

‘I wanted to let people know (Marines) are doing their jobs honorably, and some of them die,’ said the 39-year-old from Portland, OR ‘I don’t want people to forget the sacrifices that my son and the other Marines made.’

Leading up to her son’s death, Karla Comfort had received several letters from him prior to his return. He had been deployed for five months, and Comfort ‘worried everyday he was gone until she got the letters and found out the date he was coming home,’ she said.

Marines knocked on the front door of her home in Farmington , Mich. , at 3 am with the dreadful news.

‘I let my guard down when I found out he was coming home,’ she said. ‘There are times that I still cannot believe it happened . It’s very hard to deal with.’

Karla Comfort came up with the idea for the rolling memorial when she and her two other sons attended John’s funeral in Portland, Ore.

‘I saw a Vietnam (War) memorial on a car, and I said to my son Josh, ‘we should do something like that for John,’ she recalled. ‘He loved Hummers.’

She purchased the vehicle in January and immediately took it to AirbrushGuy & Co. in Benton , Ark. , where artist Robert Powell went to work on changing the plain, black vehicle into a decorative, mobile, art piece.

‘I only had the vehicle for two days before we took it in,’ she joked.

Two hundred and fifty man-hours later, Powell had completed the vehicle. The custom job would have cost $25,000 Out of respect for Karla Comfort’s loss and the sacrifices the Marines made, AirbrushGuy & Co. did it for free. Comfort only had to purchase the paint, which cost $3,000.

‘I love it,’ she said. ‘I’m really impressed with it, and I think John would be happy with the vehicle He would have a big smile on his face because he loved Hummers.’

Karla Comfort gave Powell basic instructions on what to include in the paint job. But in addition to the image of her son in Dress Blues and the faces of the nine other Marines, there were several surprises. ‘He put a lot more on than I expected,’ she said ‘I think my favorite part is the heaven scene.’

On the left side of the vehicle, a detail of Marines are depicted carrying their fallen comrades through the clouds to their final resting place. The American flag drapes across the hood, the words, ‘Semper Fi’ crown the front windshield and the spare tire cover carries the same Eagle Globe and Anchor design that her son had tattooed on his back.

‘All the support I have been getting is wonderful,’ she said.

Karla Comfort decided to move back to her hometown of Portland, and making the cross-country trip from Arkansas was a way for her to share her son’s story. It’s also her way of coping with the loss.

‘Along the way I got nothing but positive feedback from people,’ she said. ‘What got to me was when people would salute the guys (Marines). It’s hard to look at his picture.

I still cry and try to get used to the idea, but it’s hard to grasp the idea that he’s really gone.’

Let’s get this Hummer going around the world,
We won’t forget ! pass it on.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: ‘WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND’ AND IF YOU FORGET…
‘IT MAY COME BACK TO BITE YA!’


‘In God We Trust’

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