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    Default R. I. P. mighty warrior

    This young mans father taught me how to ride my dirt bike when I was 13. I never got to meet this kid, but his father was a stand up guy.
    All my thoughts and prayers Mike.



    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

    I am grateful for PFC Matthew M. Martinek's, service to our Great Nation and greatly appreciate Him for my freedom and the freedom of my family and friends. PFC Matthew M. Martinek, you are a true American Hero and will not be forgotten. Stand down Soldier, Your mission is complete. Job Well Done. May our Heavenly Father welcome You home to rest. Godspeed Matthew.


    "I regret that I am now to die in the belief, that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons." - thomas jefferson

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    DIRGE FOR A SOLDIER

    In the east the morning comes,
    Hear the rollin' of the drums
    On the hill.
    But the heart that beat as they beat
    In the battle's raging day heat
    Lieth still.
    Unto him the night has come,
    Though they roll the morning drum.

    What is in the bugle's blast?
    It is: "Victory at last!
    Now for rest."
    But, my comrades, come behold him,
    Where our colors now enfold him,
    And his breast
    Bares no more to meet the blade,
    But lies covered in the shade.

    What a stir there is to-day!
    They are laying him away
    Where he fell.
    There the flag goes draped before him;
    Now they pile the grave sod o'er him
    With a knell.
    And he answers to his name
    In the higher ranks of fame.

    There's a woman left to mourn
    For the child that she has borne
    In travail.
    But her heart beats high and higher,
    With the patriot mother's fire,
    At the tale.
    She has borne and lost a son,
    But her work and his are done.

    Fling the flag out, let it wave;
    They 're returning from the grave—
    "Double quick!"
    And the cymbals now are crashing,
    Bright his comrades' eyes are flashing
    From the thick
    Battle-ranks which knew him brave,
    No tears for a hero's grave.

    In the east the morning comes,
    Hear the rattle of the drums
    Far away.
    Now no time for grief's pursuing,
    Other work is for the doing,
    Here to-day.
    He is sleeping, let him rest
    With the flag across his breast.
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    My prayers go to the family of this young man, may he rest in peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmarterThanYou View Post
    This young mans father taught me how to ride my dirt bike when I was 13. I never got to meet this kid, but his father was a stand up guy.
    All my thoughts and prayers Mike.



    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

    I am grateful for PFC Matthew M. Martinek's, service to our Great Nation and greatly appreciate Him for my freedom and the freedom of my family and friends. PFC Matthew M. Martinek, you are a true American Hero and will not be forgotten. Stand down Soldier, Your mission is complete. Job Well Done. May our Heavenly Father welcome You home to rest. Godspeed Matthew.


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    Rest in Gods loving arms Pfc Matthew Martinek and thank you. .
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    Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ib1yysguy View Post
    Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity.
    ib, allow me to say the same thing I say to others who think a thread of tribute is a time to be a smartass or to interject their personal politics.

    Shut the fuck up. Someone died. You may not know them, but somewhere a family is grieving a lose.

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    Rest in peace, and my prayers go out to the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ib1yysguy View Post
    Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity.
    classy, fuckhead. real classy.
    "I regret that I am now to die in the belief, that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons." - thomas jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by ib1yysguy View Post
    Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity.
    That not a very nice thing to say, I am surprised and appalled at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ib1yysguy View Post
    Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity.
    That's not a very nice thing to say, I am surprised and appalled at the same time.

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    This is not about Patriotism. This is not about glorifying the conflict that took his life. This is not about whether or not you agree with the cause that took his life. It is not about your anger or your indignation. This is about a 20 year old boy that volunteered to serve his country and in short order became a man. This is about a man who volunteered not just once but twice, because they do not force you to be an airborne soldier, you volunteer for that as well. This is about a man who just moments before he lost his life was with his buddies, men on the left and the right that he would have gladly laid down his life for. Now soldier, be at ease, your buddies have the watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socrtease View Post
    This is not about Patriotism. This is not about glorifying the conflict that took his life. This is not about whether or not you agree with the cause that took his life. It is not about your anger or your indignation. This is about a 20 year old boy that volunteered to serve his country and in short order became a man. This is about a man who volunteered not just once but twice, because they do not force you to be an airborne soldier, you volunteer for that as well. This is about a man who just moments before he lost his life was with his buddies, men on the left and the right that he would have gladly laid down his life for. Now soldier, be at ease, your buddies have the watch.
    My man. Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socrtease View Post
    This is not about Patriotism. This is not about glorifying the conflict that took his life. This is not about whether or not you agree with the cause that took his life. It is not about your anger or your indignation. This is about a 20 year old boy that volunteered to serve his country and in short order became a man. This is about a man who volunteered not just once but twice, because they do not force you to be an airborne soldier, you volunteer for that as well. This is about a man who just moments before he lost his life was with his buddies, men on the left and the right that he would have gladly laid down his life for. Now soldier, be at ease, your buddies have the watch.
    Well said, Soc. Well said.

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