19 March 2008
SANFORD, Mich. — At her seventh birthday party, Amber Birdsall thought the huge gift box wrapped in pink paper likely hid a pair of bicycles. She was wrong. Inside was something she wanted even more — her stepfather, a soldier who had been deployed overseas.”This is way better than bikes,” Amber said.
The surprise began a few weeks ago when Amber told her inquiring mother that all she wanted for her birthday was to have her stepfather return home from serving 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her mother, Trisha Johnson, 34, relayed Amber’s wish to her 39-year-old husband the same day that the girl expressed it. Army Spc. Glenn Johnson immediately started on the paperwork, not expecting his request for a leave to be granted because he is scheduled to come home for good in June. Much to their surprise, his request for more than a week of leave was granted. The soldier’s flight arrived in Flint, Mich., early Sunday afternoon and he was whisked away to Northern Lanes Recreation, a bowling alley in Sanford where his stepdaughter’s birthday party was taking place. Northern Lanes employees were in on the ruse and kept him hidden in the bar. When Amber and her 9-year-old sister, Kathy Birdsall, opened a colorfully wrapped refrigerator box, Glenn Johnson was inside. In addition to spending a lot of time at home with his family, Glenn Johnson and his wife planned a late celebration of their five-year wedding anniversary, which was on Valentine’s Day. “I told her she needs to get a baby sitter and a new outfit,” he said. “I’ll take care of the rest.”
5 March 2008
From SandRat’s Free Republic War News, a Washington Post Story “U.S. strike kills terrorist” —
U.S. forces found, targeted and killed in a Somali desert city the senior al Qaeda operative who masterminded the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa and had since spent a decade in hiding, The Washington Times has learned.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who is one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists, was the target of a U.S. missile strike on a residence in Dobley, a small town in southern Somalia near the Kenyan border, according to a U.S. military official who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because of the nature of the operation.
More at the link… Thank you Troops! You just made this world a better place — like you do everyday!
4 March 2008
MSGT Woodrow Wilson Keeble was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor today. The ceremony can be viewed at the Pentagon Channel….
Medal of Honor Ceremony – do a search for MSGT Keeble
His story is posted at The American Thinker and his citation reads…
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Sangsan-ni, Korea, on October 20, 1951. On that day, Master Sergeant Keeble was an acting platoon leader for the support platoon in Company G, 19th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 765, a steep and rugged position that was well defended by the enemy. Leading the support platoon, Master Sergeant Keeble saw that the attacking elements had become pinned down on the slope by heavy enemy fire from three well-fortified and strategically placed enemy positions. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Master Sergeant Keeble dashed forward and joined the pinned-down platoon. Then, hugging the ground, Master Sergeant Keeble crawled forward alone until he was in close proximity to one of the hostile machine-gun emplacements. Ignoring the heavy fire that the crew trained on him, Master Sergeant Keeble activated a grenade and threw it with great accuracy, successfully destroying the position. Continuing his one-man assault, he moved to the second enemy position and destroyed it with another grenade. Despite the fact that the enemy troops were now directing their firepower against him and unleashing a shower of grenades in a frantic attempt to stop his advance, he moved forward against the third hostile emplacement, and skillfully neutralized the remaining enemy position. As his comrades moved forward to join him, Master Sergeant Keeble continued to direct accurate fire against nearby trenches, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Inspired by his courage, Company G successfully moved forward and seized its important objective. The extraordinary courage, selfless service, and devotion to duty displayed that day by Master Sergeant Keeble was an inspiration to all around him and reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
4 March 2008
From America Supports You’s newsletter….
ASY corporate-supporter Wal-Mart and homefront group Proud Patriots recently got together to pack and send over 2,200 care packages to deployed servicemembers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world. The packing took place at Wal-Mart’s annual “Year Beginning Meeting” where thousands of Wal-Mart store managers converged. Proud Patriots is a national organization that has been sending care packages overseas since 2004 to over 4,000 deployed military personnel. The Wal-Mart care package event was the largest Proud Patriots effort to date. Included in the packages were phone cards, disposable cameras, and comfort items supplied by Wal-Mart. Personal notes and cards were collected by Wal-Mart managers and associates from across the country to include in the packages as well.