Tagged: The Price of Freedom

Real Heroes! Lt. Col. Greg Gadson!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

You may have seen this, but just in case…

Now you know that your pal Yogi is a HUGE baseball fan.

Duh.

But the truth is I don’t like football.

I have seen two games in the last 13 years.

That being when my father died.

My father loved football.

As a boy and in later years I was happy to watch football with him, but with him gone there was no reason to watch.

What where those two games?

Packers -Giants (I had never seen Brett Favre play.)

Superbowl XLII

So here, read this.

On a Saturday night at the Giants’ hotel, following the offense, defense and special-teams meetings, Sullivan introduced Gadson to the team.

"I talked to them about their gifts as athletes, and their privilege and special opportunity that they have," Gadson said. "I told them that when you’re deployed, we’re fighting for our country and our flag and mom and dad and apple pie, but when it comes down to it, those things are the furthest thing from your mind.

"You’re fighting for that guy that is right next to you. Just like my soldiers, they came and fought for me and saved my life. I told them about the 18-year-old PFC medic that didn’t want me to lose consciousness. He’s yelling at me and just literally willing me to stay conscious and keep fighting."

The Giants, to a man, were moved.

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Hero.

Just sayin’.

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This Will Not Stand! Semper Fi!

Dear Freinds and Loyal Readers,

Allow your pal Yogi to blow off some steam.

I know many of you have already seen this, but others have not so I am here to help.

Really.

As regular readers know I often refer to California as "my home that is not my home."

Although I have lived there and worked there (still do) and hope some day to retire there, it is the inhabitants of certain parts of California that make it so alien to me still.

An example: Berkeley, California.

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The latest, telling the USMC that they are "uninivited and unwelcome intruders."

Nice.

Here, listen for yourself.

You can hear Berzerkeley City Council members and Mayor Tom Bates inveighing that “Marines are the President’s own gangsters… they are trained killers.” Another councilmember by phone then says that the Marines are known for “death and destruction…and maiming” and they give America “horrible karma.” (from MichelleMalkin.com)

Nice.

A corrective: Move America Forward

Better.

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Semper Fi!

Just sayin’.

A Solemn Day – Remembering

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans.

Today is a solemn day.

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Major League Baseball did so something to commemorate the 9-11 attacks.

Today, as on Sundays, fans are asked to sing God Bless America at the seventh inning stretch.

At Yankee Stadium they do this at every game, and for my money, every team should follow suit.

Certainly 9-11 is the defining moment for an entire generation and for this new century.

Not wanting to politicize this blog, I think it’s fitting nonetheless to call attention to the reality of that terrible day.

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Never again.

The Silver Star. PLUS: A True Story.

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans.

There is certainly much baseball to discuss, especially Brewers baseball.

But today, for reasons known and unknown, I don’t feel much like talking baseball.

And no, it’s not that the Brewers have lost their first place designation, it’s something else.

Or a combination of things.

So instead, your pal Yogi, wants to ask you a question.

Have you ever heard the name Brennan Golty?

Me neither.

Until today.

Actually, it would be appropriate to call him Captain Brennan Goltry.

You see, Captain Goltry was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts.

And no, this wasn’t reported in any newspaper, or on TV, cable, radio, etc.

Sigh.

Do yourself a favor, and read about Captain Goltry here.
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Hero.

Or you can watch this:

Hero.

Let me tell you a True Story:

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It was some years ago when I was asked to see a patient on the cancer unit. The referring physician was new to the hospital staff having just recently moved to the area after retiring from the USAF.

All I was told about the patient was that he was being readied for transfer to a nearby university medical center for additional treatment and his doctor asked me if I could help with the patient’s pain management to ensure that the patient would be comfortable during said transfer.

When I entered the patient’s room I found the patient lying in bed surrounded by six or more concerned family members. I introduced myself to everyone and the patient smiled warmly and welcomed me into his room.

The patient told me he had lymphoma (a kind of blood cell cancer) and that he was going to the university hospital to participate in an experimental protocol designed to limit the cancer’s spread.

The patient was in his late 60’s, he was Filipino, slight stature, polite, even kind, and never seemed to show any signs of worry or distress.

When it came time to examine him, I asked that the family members excuse us so we could have some privacy. They consented and the patient and I were then alone.

During the examination I found that the patient’s legs were weak and that he had lost sensation below the level of his chest (the cancer had spread to the bones of the spine and had begun to encroach on the spinal cord.)

That the patient did not complain of these or any other symptoms began to appear strange.

Upon explaining my findings I asked the patient if he had noticed the leg weakness and sensory loss.

"I had," he said.

When it came time to try to test his gait (ability to walk) I could see that he was in a great deal of pain (as his doctor had feared) but at no time did the patient complain of any pain.

I helped the patient back into bed and sat quietly next to the bedside for several moments.

"You’re in a great deal of pain, aren’t you?" I said.

The patient didn’t reply.

"Why then don’t you complain?" I asked.

The patient looked away and started to sob softly.

After a minute or so he turned to me, wiped the tears from his eyes and said, "I don’t want to worry my family."

We sat quietly for several moments more.

"If I told you that it was OK to tell me that you were in pain, would you do it?" I asked.

"Yes doctor," he said.

"If I told you that it was OK to ask for something to relieve your pain, would you do it?" I continued.

"Yes doctor," he said again.

Knowing that the patient needed emergent therapy to avoid becoming paralyzed I didn’t want to take too much time in the room but felt that I needed to be sure that the patient felt safe to ask for help.

"Let me send your family back in. If you want, you can tell them that I suggested you might benefit from some new medication, including pain medication, and that I’ll be right back to answer all of your and their questions, OK?"

"Yes doctor," he said once more.

"And thank you, doctor," he finished he took my hand and smiled, wiping away the last traces of his tears.

At the nurses station I found his doctor working on the patient’s chart and I told him of my findings, including my concern for a spinal cord compression.

As we took to writing the necessary orders and the completion of the accompanying forms I told the referring physician of the patient’s stoicism and seeming bravery.

"That guy? He’s a Hero," he replied.

"He won the Silver Star in Korea and a Bronze Star in Vietnam. He also was awarded a couple of Purple Hearts."

His doctor went on, "So you better take good care of him, he’s a National Treasure. I used to take care of him at the base hospital. They don’t make guys like that anymore."

Well, as it turns out, they still do make guys like that.

"National Treasures."

"Heroes."

Really.

And we better take good care of them.

Just sayin’.

Keepin’ It Real. More On The Heroes Run!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

Just to keep things in their proper perspective, I received another email from Mr. Gary Patriquin, this time directing me to the Badgers Forward website regarding the Heroes Run.

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From Ramadi, Captain Coulson:

Prior to the cancellation however, I had been in close contact with
Gary Partiquin, Captain Partiquin’s father. We were trying to organize
a simultaneous run here in Ramadi, however we had some challenges here
as well and were unable to do so.

Even though the run had been
canceled, Mr. Partiquin had already had the T-shirts made up and he
sent me one. So yesterday, at 1630, when they would have been running
in Lockport – I ran 5 kilometers.

When we lost our own Soldiers
in Team Badger, before I wrote to the family members, I talked with my
Mom about what she would want to know or here from someone. She told me
that she would want to know what the last moments were like and maybe
more importantly, if anyone else cared, if anyone else remembered. So
yesterday I ran to remember.

I remember Major McClung, the first
person I really knew anything about who was killed over here. I
remember Captain Partiquin, because even though I did not "know" him, I
know many just like him, giving it his all for the mission, his
country, his family. I remember Specialist Pomante, because even though
I did not know him either I see hundreds of young men and women like
that everyday, going about their business and accomplishing the mission.

We
remember all of them from that day and every day. So I ran at 1630, in
117 degree heat, 5 kilometers. Don’t worry Mr. Partiquin, the race did
take place.

Well done, Sir!

And for all of you who are worried about how this season is going to turn out, take a few moments (or more) and read about the world of Captain Coulson and the Brave men and women whose mission is so important and whose safety should be on all of our minds.

Just sayin’.

Sad News. Remember The Fallen.

Loyal Readers, Dear Friends, and Brewers Fans.

Today, your pal Yogi received two remarkable emails.

I will share one with you today and one tomorrow.

But let me say that each of them humbled me to the core.

Really.

As regular readers of Yogi Brewer, you know that this weekend I was hoping to run in a 5K (my first in over 10 years) as part of a fund-raiser for two charities, the Travis Patriquin Memorial Family Fund  and the Children of the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

The race, the Heroes Run, was schedule for Saturday, July 28, but was reportedly canceled or postponed.

In a moving letter, the family of Captain Patriquin thanked me for promoting the run but said that another family member had taken ill and died.

Terrible.

Under such trying circumstances, it was decided to postpone the run.

The incredible thing about the email was that even in their grief, the Patriquin Family wanted to send me a "Heroes Run" T-Shirt for helping to promote the event.

I am deeply moved and will be honored to wear it.

You can read more about Captain Travis L. Patriquin here.

I was also given a link to Tye Band and followed the links to the page for Captain Travis L. Patriquin. 

Funds from the sale of these bracelets will go to both the Patriquin Family Fund as well as to the Children of the Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

If you haven’t already done so, click on these links, follow them, and read about how you can help the families of those who have served and sacrificed.

And I know that all of you will join me in sending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Patriquin family.
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Captain Travis L. Patriquin

Rest assured that the Patriquin Family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Flag Day! How To Treat Your Flag! Plus: FAQ Answered!

Also a Day Late.

But Never Too Late.

Flag Day!

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Keep The Flag Flying! (Click to Enlarge.)


STANDARDS OF RESPECT

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

* The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

   * The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

   * The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

    * The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

    * The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

   * The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

And this is a Frequently Asked Question:

Why is the Flag backwards as it appears on our military personnel’s uniforms?

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Answer:
Army Regulation 670-1


The regulation states that when authorized for application to the proper uniform
the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the
star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this
manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of
the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate
replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side
flag’.

Huh?

Here:

This flag is symbolic of the men who used to march into battle with an actual flag, so steady and strong that the flag would blow behind them. On the arms of our soldiers, the flag faces as if being carried into battle, blowing behind them.

There you have it!

It’s that way because of our soldiers’ Bravery!

Your Pal Yogi is always there to help!