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Old 05-29-2017
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Memorial Day - to honor those who died while serving in the military.

Veteran's Day - to honor those who have served in the military.

Armed Forces Day - to honor those who are currently serving in the military.

Please Honor the ones who gave it all!

My Heros are here.....Lost them both and think about them a lot.


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Died on Jan. 29, 2004
Operation Enduring Freedom
Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Mancini was born Dec. 12, 1960, and was a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve unit based in Tulsa, Okla.
He was killed when a ******* cache prematurely exploded near the town of Ghazni, Afghanistan on Jan. 29, 2004.
Mancini joined the Army Reserve in 1981 and attended the Reserve Officer Training Course and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1984. He transferred to the Florida National Guard in 1987 and served with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) until being reassigned to the Army Reserve’s 487th Civil Affairs Battalion in Perrine, Fla.
His military training includes the Basic Infantry Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Dignitary Protection Course, Long Range Reconnaissance Course and Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.
Mancini’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. His state awards include the Rhode Island Star Medal, the Florida Commendation Medal and the Florida State Active Duty Ribbon.
In his civilian life, Mancini was a 16-year veteran of the Davie, Fla. Police Department. He graduated from Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration.
He is survived by his parents, John and Erika Mancini, and his children, Mikel, Sara and Kristen.
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SERGEANT DANTON KYLE SEITSINGER
January 29, 2004
Operation Enduring Freedom
Sergeant Danton Kyle Sietsinger was born October 4, 1974. He was a Civil Affairs Non-commissioned officer assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, Tulsa, Okla.
He was killed when a ******* cache prematurely exploded near the town of Ghazni, Afghanistan January 29, 2004. He was a resident of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Seitsinger entered the military in 1993 and served as a mortarman in the Marine Corps and left active duty in 2000. He joined the Army Reserve after completing his Active Duty tour and served with the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion.
His military training includes the Civil Affairs Specialist Course and the Primary Leadership Development Course. While in the Marine Corps he attended the mortarman course, the 81-millimeter mortar course, the Marine Security Guard School and the range coach course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, and Marine Security Guard Ribbon.
Seitsinger is survived by his sister, Karla of Oklahoma City, and his parents Daniel and Jo, also of Oklahoma City.
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Once more I have to ask: "Dear God, Where do we get such men and why do we deserve them?"

Tom Stone and John Williams will always have a place in my heart and are missed by all those who knew them.
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All of you in the Armed forces are my heros.
Thanks to all of you.
I drove through Cross City Fl yesterday and they had lined the street with flags and a cross with names of each and every man from that area that had served and died.
I was very moved and i thank Cross City Fl for doing what they did.
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Remembering my uncle John Caster, my Mom's younger brother, who died in action in the South Pacific during WWII. I was named after him, but was never given the opportunity to know him.
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I agree with Woody that Memorial Day is to remember those who did not return. I, personally, think we should also remember those who returned but are not whole.

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seems we have struggled with the true meaning for a long time. Thank you Woodie for shedding some ight on the days true meaning . Here is a great article on the Holiday .

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/how...cid=spartandhp
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Yes, thanks Woody, thanks to all who gave and those that continue to give, two thumbs up!
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American military casualties since 1775 (founding of the Army):

Dead: 1,354,664+
Wounded: 1, 498,240+
Missing: 40,917+

Number killed since 9/11: 7,222+

Number I knew personally: Too many.

As for me, I won't be going to sales or parties today.

Here's my perspective on why Memorial Day keeps losing its significance to a large part of the population. In the Civil War, after which Memorial Day began, almost 1 in 50 Americans died. Everybody knew somebody that died. In WWII, it was down to a little over 3 per 1,000 Americans died. In the fights since 9/11, it is around 1 per 41,000 Americans have died. When less than 1% of the population serves, and most of those who do are from lower to middle class families economically, a large portion of the population has no real connection to the pain of the Gold Star families. It is no longer a shared sacrifice outside of military circles.

God Bless the Gold Star families!

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good info Steve , hard to believe are population was a little over 31 million after that war, but Google backed you up , so I guess it is true Thank you for yours, and the many others who served so we could all be free, both members here and around the world .
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I will always remember all those that I have known that gave their all. Thanks to you the rest of us have lived in freedom and safety.

However, I reserve a special place in my heart for this man. http://www.virtualwall.org/df/FrazerRL01a.htm May you rest in peace and God Bless You.
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