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    Courage...

    Memorial Day weekend is upon us. When you think of the word "courage".....who is the first person that pops into your head? Mine is Pat Tillman....

    Tillman killed while serving as Army Ranger - NFL - ESPN


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    Audie Murphy

    Audie Murphy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    and my late Great Grandfather, who was a marine and POW at Okinawa.



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    That one dude that walked in front of those tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.



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    Re: Courage...

    Captain Morgan was the first thing that popped into my head but I havent had a drink in a week.



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    Re: Courage...

    Quote Originally Posted by CYKID View Post
    Captain Morgan was the first thing that popped into my head but I havent had a drink in a week.
    Captain Morgan was a ruthless SOB!


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    Re: Courage...

    One guy you may not know, but who is a highly decorated Iowan:
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    Re: Courage...

    I gotta say my grandfather who served in the marines


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    Re: Courage...

    How about Jack Trice?


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    Re: Courage...

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    How about Jack Trice?
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    Re: Courage...

    Ok, so honestly, this was the first thing that popped into my head. Upon short reflection, the American soldier, police officers and firemen.



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    Re: Courage...

    Courage? Since my definition of courage is one who overcomes fear, my first pick is a young woman I deployed with in 2003, who was scared to death. To the point that she would often become physically ill from the stress, yet showed up each and every day and did not only her job, but the jobs of others at times.

    But my conventional pick, is Jacob C. Vouza. I can assume nobody here has heard of him, because he isn't Hollywood movie material, but his exploits, and the conditions under which he accomplished them are unmatched in human history.



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    There's more at the link, but Vouza was a retired Sergeant Major of the Guadalcanal Constabulary who became a coast-watcher and spied on the Japanese after they invaded the island. After the US invaded the island in 1942, he helped rescue an American pilot, shot down behind enemy lines and was later caught by the Japanese with a US flag in his loincloth.

    When he refused to talk to interrogators, after being tortured, he was tied to a tree, bayonetted several times and left to die. Refusing to die, he untied himself, and dragged his partially disembowelled and bleeding body through several miles of jungle to American lines. He refused medical treatment until after he was able to report an impending Japanese attack he had discovered on his way back.

    He spent 12 days in the hospital and then left on a 30 day scouting mission for a raid. He then spent the duration of the war scouting/spying for our side.

    Dude defined HARD, if not courage. His story remains semi-anonymous partially because he wore a loincloth and his skin was brown, and institutional racism obviated the kind of mainstream acclaim he deserved, but would probably reject. He was knighted, however, and received military awards for his deeds.


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    Re: Courage...

    Courage is being on the north/east side yesterday and eating lunch at Little John's Burger joint. Hello 1940s burger shop. Hello heart disease.


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    Re: Courage...

    And any one of these studs that found himself on a French beach on June 6, 1944....
    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/i...001/d02343.jpg


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    Re: Courage...

    rolling clones - I actually thought the same thing the first time i read the thread. Imagine being right behind that front plate of the boat, the one that is pinging from all the gunfire on it, the one that will swing down to let you jump into the water and onto the beach. Ready, go.

    That, is courage my friends.



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