Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Gratitude















The Kiss...
He had just saved her from a fire in her house while he continued to fight the fire. She is pregnant. When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.

A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, "The Observer," noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies, and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph.

It's simple gratitude.

Then there is the human variety.

Students reject honor to 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' hero

The University of Washington's student senate rejected a memorial for alumnus Gregory "Pappy" Boyington of "Black Sheep Squadron" fame amid concerns a military hero who shot down enemy planes was not the right kind of person to represent the school. Student senator Jill Edwards said she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." Ashley Miller, another senator, argued "many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men." Senate member Karl Smith amended the resolution to eliminate a clause that said Boyington "was credited with destroying 26 enemy aircraft, tying the record for most aircraft destroyed by a pilot in American Uniform," for which he was awarded the Navy Cross. Smith said "the resolution should commend Colonel Boyington's service, not his killing of others."

These priveledged university students don't have the sense to honor the memory of an American hero. Boyington was a student at the UW from 1930-34 then served as a combat pilot in the 1st Squadron, American Volunteer Group – the "Flying Tigers of China" – and later as a Marine Corps combat pilot in charge of Marine Fighting Squadron 214, "The Black Sheep Squadron."

Along with the Navy Cross, Boyington was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his heroism. He was shot down and spent 20 months in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Boyington, who died in 1988, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Colonel Dave McCarthy said it best: If this is indicative of today’s university students, then it’s a national tragedy. Semper Fidelis, DMM

These kids need to learn about gratitude from the Dobbie.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the many ironies with the students is that the Colonel was FAR from a rich white guy; he grew up poor and was part American Indian. He also wasn’t being commended for “killing” – he shot down enemy planes.

Dave

3:45 PM  
Blogger Alise said...

As a recent college graduate I'd like to first say that this is not reflective of all university students. I am very proud of the men and women who have served in Iraq. This fallen soldier is exactly the type of man we should all honor. He was dedicated to his service and motivated to protect our borders, to protect us as civilians. LSU has fortunately only lost graduate in Iraq since the beginning of the War on Terror, but Lt. Chris Barnett was honored in May when LSU put his name on a memorial plaque. This is the kind of actions I want my generation to be characterized by.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least man's best friend hasn't been brain washed by the left leaning liberal loonies who have no idea or care for those who have sacrificed their lives for this country.

Ken

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should have HISTORY taught in high school. My college students didn't know about HITLER!! EGADS!!

Helen

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out for the straw man. What does this case say about college students, liberals and military honors in general? Nothing. Really, nothing.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet the same students also "support our troops." Sure. Just like the nearly weeping liberal commentator I heard on the radio, who said, "Our poor young Marines are so frightened, so confused. They don't know what to do, and they are wondering why they are there. We need to bring them home, where they can be safe, go to college, and be with their loved ones." I'd love to have her go to Iraq and say that to a company of Marines. Or to even one Marine. With friends like
her, who needs enemies?

Greg

7:00 PM  
Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

Greg,

You are right!

I wonder if these same people who are so worried about the service men and women are saying the same thing about our police.

Should the police stay home where it is safe or should they confront evil and murderers where they are?

These loonies called "insurgents" are murdering their own people in greater numbers by far than they are murdering our soldiers.

:)

FAR.

11:22 AM  

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