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5 years 29 weeks ago, 10:33 AM

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The Old Man

As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of
groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open.

The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.

I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm,
walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something.

The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new
Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying, 'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.

I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke wit h her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.'

He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help hi m.

The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman.

When I shook hands with him earlier he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?'

He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal . He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps afte r the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.

He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all&n bsp;round again and I said my goodbye's to his wife.

I then told the two mechanics that I would fol low them back up to the
station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of them pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I wou ld and drove off.

For some reason I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf an d under his name.. ...... 'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.'

I sat there motionless looking at the card and readi ng it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together, because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage and an honor to have been in his presence.

' Remember, old men like him gave you FREEDOM for America '

America is not at war.

The U.S. Military is at war.

America is at the Mall.

If you don't stand behind our troops,

PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them

5 years 29 weeks ago, 10:45 AM

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good story

samd!

5 years 29 weeks ago, 12:00 PM

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I hope it IS true.
Anyone who was awarded the MOH has got to be a special person.
In my 76 years, I got to salute such a person only one time, at my "little Bro's" Arlington Funeral, last August. The NCOIC was a Marine Master Sgt, with a chest full--and I mean FULL--of medals. The most prominant was the MOH. Even though I was not in uniform, I was covered with my Korean War Veterans' hat, and I considered saluting him no less than saluting the Flag[which is now legal in civies, if you are covered]. So, after the ceremony, I walked to his front, and threw him the Hiball. He returned the salute smartly, took off his white ceremonial glove, shook my hand, and said, "it is my honor, sir". You would not expect less from a MOH winner.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
5 years 29 weeks ago, 11:46 AM

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Yes, God bless our older veterans and all they did for us and the younger one's that are protecting our freedoms now.

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
5 years 29 weeks ago, 11:57 PM

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So no lie samD I'm alittle confused about the part about the mechanic pulling out a card identical to the card the old man had... is that saying that the mechanic has an MOH too? Or did the old man give the mechanic a card too?

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5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:02 AM

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The old man is the one that recieved the Medal of Honor.

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
5 years 29 weeks ago, 12:04 AM

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Bravo....

Bravo....

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses
5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:20 AM

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!@#$%

Ive read this twice now and its still a good one!!!

You don't get to choose how you are going to die or when. You can only decide how you're going to live.
5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:26 AM

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When I get a chance,

When I get a chance, I will have to post a pic of the USN,USMC,USCG Medal of Honor on here. I collect US Military medals and I have a USMC Medal of Honor in my collects.

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:56 AM

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Just proved that you never know just who you might run into. youth and skill are no match for old age and treachery.

We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. Gen. George S. Patton

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