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People I Wish To Thank

Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:28 pm

Tonight, I was informed that two of my friends wouldn't be rejoining our regular sessions at the local pub.

They were killed by an IED while on patrol in Southern Afghanistan, but it is unlikely that their sacrifices will ever be publicly acknowledged due to the fact that they were not recognised as regular British forces, while fighting every much as bit as anyone else attached to the British contingent in Afghaistan.

The people I would like to thank, other than my friends David and Richard who fought the good fight, are the military medics who tended to them, the civilian medics who received them at their base and the multitude of friends and colleagues who enabled them to not only work day to day in the harshest environment possible, but also took damn good care of them when it mattered.

Gods speed my friends. A glass will be raised to you tonight.

I would like to make it clear, to those who keep count and may bring it up, that both David and Richard were perfectly clear on my personal feelings regarding these issues, and did not have a personal issue with them. We were still friends right up until the end.
 
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:44 pm

Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
Gods speed my friends. A glass will be raised to you tonight.

Amen. My condolences. Always a tragedy when a soldier is lost fighting for his country. May they rest in peace.

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:46 pm

I will drink to David and Richard tonight. I propose a toast to fallen comrades.

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:49 pm



Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
They were killed by an IED while on patrol in Southern Afghanistan



Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
Gods speed my friends. A glass will be raised to you tonight.

I'll do that right now . . .





Salute to these men I say.



Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
We were still friends right up until the end.

As it should be.
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:50 pm

 Sad I'm really sorry for your loss. May they rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to their family and friends, including you. I'd like to thank them for their service, bravery, and sacrifices. May they never be forgotten. All the best  pray .

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:52 pm

God speed to your friends. May they rest in peace.

I too will raise a glass to them tonight.
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Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:05 am

May they RIP. What was their mos?

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:16 am



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
Gods speed my friends. A glass will be raised to you tonight.

I'll do that right now . . .

As will I. My condolences for your loss.
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Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:26 am

Very sorry to hear that. My condolences to you and to all their friends and family.

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:15 am

Sad to hear.

My condolences. Sad
 
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:34 am

Oh man, that sucks!

David and Richard, may you rest in peace!!

My condolences!  Sad

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:08 pm

Thankyou all for your kind words.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 6):
What was their mos?

Sorry, I don't know what that means.
 
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Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:14 pm



Quoting Moo (Reply 11):
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 6):
What was their mos?

Sorry, I don't know what that means.

That's US Army speak for "Military Occupational Speciality". Young MCOFlyer neglects to remember this is an international forum and that the accronym MOS means something different to everyone . . . . it doesn't even mean the same to the US Air Force, or the Corps, or the Navy . . .

He's asking I guess - what were their military jobs?
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:20 pm



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 12):
He's asking I guess - what were their military jobs?

They were civilian contractors acting as bodyguards for western translators working for the British military presence. Both spent the last decade in the British Infantry - as what, I couldn't tell you because I don't really know.
 
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:24 pm

As good a reason as any to raise a glass tonight when I finish work. And a better reason than many.

My thoughts go out to the families of your friends who are left behind when this happens. Their loss is greater than anyone's and they join the increasing number who are trying to come to terms with this. Sadly, the loss of life will go on until the job is done.

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:31 pm

My condolences...

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 14):
As good a reason as any to raise a glass tonight when I finish work. And a better reason than many.

Liar...you raise a glass tonight after work for St. Patricks Day tomorrow.
 
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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:34 pm



Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 15):
Liar...you raise a glass tonight after work for St. Patricks Day tomorrow.

At the risk of hijacking a very serious thread, I do NOT celebrate St Patricks day. If St George got the same hype as St Paddy then maybe I would but he doesn't!

So I stand by my previous statement. A toast to ALL soldiers and civilians embroiled in the conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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RE: People I Wish To Thank

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:42 pm



Quoting Moo (Thread starter):
David and Richard

Highest of honors to these brave soldiers who died while protecting the freedoms and way of life we all enjoy. Sincere condolences to the friends and family of these brave soldiers.

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