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    #31
    Leon Uris "Battle Cry" - a book I read from time to time - and the phrase was probably used before that...

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      #32
      Originally Posted by JanM View Post
      Leon Uris "Battle Cry" - a book I read from time to time - and the phrase was probably used before that...
      He wrote the screenplay..... Aldo Rey is such a tough guy....

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        #33
        Thanks guys. Why was it harder to say goodbye? Most of you have touched on it - but the future just became more real. He still has that same look of commitment and determination in his eyes and voice, though at times I do sense a slight bit of possibly fear of the unknown. Fear probably isn't the right word...but words escape me right now.

        Have to say this - the young men and women that point themselves down a path such as this deserve a great deal of respect. It is so far from being easy or enjoyable that most of us would bail on it at a moment's notice. I'm honored to have been able to attend the campus, A day ceremony, and meet the people we did at the USMA. I am fortunate to live in a country where I can be a small part of it all.

        The journey continues and I'll share it from time to time here...

        WW
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          #34
          You raised a son.....who's going off to be a man.That had to be HARD.

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            #35
            Originally Posted by behindthetimes View Post
            ...snip...That had to be HARD.
            I think that is how the whole thing starts BTT

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              #36
              Originally Posted by nozzle View Post

              I think that is how the whole thing starts BTT
              Well...it WAS HARD to get this one...took 13.5 months of effort and I was ready to give up. Son #2 was more like 30 seconds...

              WW
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                #37
                Blew every chance you had?

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                  #38
                  Congrats Bill, acceptance to a service academy is truly something to be proud of. Now watch time fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be attending many promotion ceremonies. Sounds like your son has real leadership in his dna so be ready for stars on his shoulders one day...
                  Hawk, NC35, TL1000S, SRAD GSXR 750, Aprilia SXV 5.5

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                    #39
                    Congratulations to you and your family.
                    Lynn
                    ATGATT

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                      #40
                      That's what makes this forum so great. Congratulations!

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                        #41
                        On this day, I think of the risks your son is committing to taking on, and I thank him with deep gratitude.
                        Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
                        I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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                          #42
                          wildwhl

                          Does he have an idea of what he wants to do in the service yet? I know he is a sharp shooter but is that something he wants to do for a job? Or is he considering doing something that will apply in the civilian world?

                          Could I go back I would have went for air traffic control instead of munitions. That's one of the best jobs you can get as enlisted. As an officer the world is his oyster. Can he fly?


                          If I asked this already I apologise.lots in my head these days.
                          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                            #43
                            @6 Spencer is exceptionally strong with all mathematics and engineering is his focus. Most that go to the academies don't know what they want until after their 9 years is up, or close to that (4 at WP and 5 in active duty). He could be a lifer - but only time will tell.

                            WW
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                              #44
                              A guy I was in boy scouts with graduated from that academy as a Historian! he is the only history major I have ever known that had a guaranteed job waiting for him with just a bachelor's degree in history.

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