Happy Memorial Day WF. Thanks to all the Veterans ans those who gave their lives for our freedom. Thanks for giving us all the opportunities we have to enjoy ourselves and live our lives the way we want. God Bless America!
__________________ “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
Location: Northern Michigan near the tip of the mit
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty..." - President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Friday, January 20th, 1961
This weekend is about honoring those who paid that price...
We have today, because they gave their tomorrows, our Freedom isn’t free. It doesn’t come without a horrendous cost. God bless the fallen. And God comfort their families.
2008 soft top, stick, in red
The problem with the world...too many nuts, and not enough squirrels!
My experiences: my brother Daniel left for war.
About 5 or 6 weeks later, I was in Army Engineer Officer Candidate School (OCS) on kitchen detail peeling potatoes when I got a message to call the Red Cross.
The Red Cross told me that Daniel had been killed. At first, I was told that he had been killed by an M-16 round to the back of the head. Later I was told he had been killed by a fragmentation grenade. Later I was told the details were classified. Have wondered if Daniel was killed by his own men or if he was a hero.
When viewing Daniel’s body, it appeared the Army had tried to reconstruct his face with chicken wire and Plaster of Paris.
Later talking to Daniel’s widow (we still keep in occasional contact), she said that she did not recognize her husband’s body at first. It was so distorted. However, there were enough identifying features to realize it was his body. I saw some of the effects that this had on her. It still has an effect on me which is very surprising.
I agreed with her decision that it was best to have a closed casket funeral.
War is not pretty, but it is critical to our freedoms.
After the funeral, returned to OCS, a school designed to not only impart technical information, but also to break people. One does not want their leaders to break in combat or under stress. Finished OCS, paratrooper school, and a few other schools along with my Tour of Duty.
Since then have occasionally wondered what happened on that battlefield and how did Daniel really die.
One of the things I do is force things through government agencies. For example a new pharmaceutical normally takes at least five years to get approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As part of a team, can normally shorten this to two years or less. So have a good chance in dealing with the Army.
Reply so far:
From: "Walukonis, Joseph E CIV (US)" <email@example.com>
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: May 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Subject: FW: FOIA Action 12-0527 (UNCLASSIFIED)
This e-mail and attached PDF responds to your FOIA request dated
May 7, 2012 regarding the death of your brother, Daniel, D
Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
I have forwarded your request to the National Personnel Records Center
(NPRC) for action.
NPRC's contact information is included in the attached PDF, "FOIA Letter."
Thank you for your participation in the US Army Freedom of Information Act
Joseph E. Walukonis
U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency Freedom of
Information and Privacy Division
Myself, started out as 11B, light weight weapons specialist, Infantry.
Went to Engineer Officer Candidate School. After this and several other schools became 5-1331-P.
The 5 for Atomic Demolition Munitions (sometimes called Suitcase Nuclear Bombs).
The 1331 for Combat Engineer Unit Commander.
P for paratrooper.
Later earned MOS in depot management.
Leaving active duty was a volunteer in Reserves for several years.
Civil Service for Army:
Ft Monroe, VA: photography
Ft Eustis, VA: photography
Ft Irwin, CA: management, photography
Ft Shafter, Hawaii: in charge of Army’s photography, video and film for the Pacific.
Dugway Proving Ground, Utah: photography, data analysis, project planning, and computer development. My teams’ work was used in technology exchanges with countries like Israel.
Now as an independent consultant in knowledge and document management, one of my clients is the Recruiting Command at Ft Knox and sites like GoArmy.com.
Some of my other clients are IRS, Intel, General Motors, Fujitsu, Honeywell, Fidelity Investments, Wells Fargo Bank, Cincinnati Insurance, Amgen Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson, George Washington University, Dominion Nuclear, etc.