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           Half boy & half man! 
1/2 boy 1/2 man
If you read this, you WILL forward it on.
You just won't be able to stop yourself.

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who,
under normal circumstances is considered by
society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop,
or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low..
He has learned to use his hands like weapons
and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed..
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except
our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...
A short lull, a little shade and a picture of
loved ones in their helmets.
Prayer wheel for our military... please don't
break it Please send this on after a short prayer.

Prayer Wheel

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan , sailors on ships, and airmen
in the air, and for those in Iraq  , Afghanistan and all foreign countries.
There is nothing attached....
This can be very powerful..
Of all the gifts you could give a US  Soldier, Sailor, Coast guardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

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Comment by Ronald C. Brabbin on December 16, 2012 at 10:20pm

Marvin, I assume you meant to say "these kids did not deserve to die so young"

Comment by Marvin R. Lucas on December 16, 2012 at 8:15pm

i would like to take this time to express my saddness of all the children that was killed in connecut last week, this was a senseless act of stupidity and whateverelse you want to call it,but nonetheless 25 innocent children lost their lives for nothing more than going to school and trying to look foward to the upcoming holiday,it is a sad day for our nation as well as these families that are affected, no matter what time of year it is,  these kids did deserve to die so young,now i i know alot of people that i have talked to are calling on gun control, well i do agree but even with gun control people will get guns, and people will kill people.

i for one feel that this great nation should all find in their hearts and find a way to pray to GOD for protection and guidence. some people may not agree with what i am saying and that is okay. i do respect that, but please keep the families affected in your prayers and thoughts.

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