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Memorial Day Tribute

Contributed by Bill Klauk (21yr veteran USAFR)

The pictures below have been taken from various sources in my digital collection, many of which are posted elsewhere on this site, or in a related "Zing" album. All pictures shown are in some way related to the United States military and honor those men and women who have served for their country. Click on any of the small thumbnail images to view a full size photo. Then use you browser's "back" button to return to this page.


Remember them this Memorial Day, May 28th, 2001

Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery
Erie Civil War Monument - Perry Sq. Words on back of preceeding monument Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery Soldiers & Sailors Cemetery
Waterford Cemetery Michael Hare Story Waterford Memorial Desert Storm Memorial
Fairview Cemetery Memorial Captain C. V. Gridley Captain C. V. Gridley Another military Gridley
Korean War Dead - Erie County Waterford Cemetery Edinboro Cemetery Memorial Lakeside Cemetery Memorial
Gen Strong Vincent Gen Strong Vincent Gen Strong Vincent Gen Strong Vincent
Vietnam War Dead- Erie County Vietnam War Dead- Erie County Vietnam War Dead- Erie County Vietnam War Dead- Erie County
Vietnam War Memorial-Courthouse Waterford - DAR Memorial Waterford - DAR Memorial Waterford - DAR Memorial
WWII Memorial WWII Memorial WWII Memorial WWII Memorial
Anthony Wayne African-American in Battle of Lake Erie Flagship Niagara Armory - 6th & Parade


The things they carried...

They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages,  ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water, iodine tablets, sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks.

They carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and steel pots.  They carried the M-16 assault rifle. They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine guns, the M-79 grenade launcher, M-14s, CAR-15s, Stoners, Swedish Ks, 66mm Laws, shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets, and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence.

They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades, PRC-25 radios, knives and machetes.  Some carried napalm, CBUs and large bombs; some risked their lives to rescue others.  Some escaped the fear, but dealt with the death and damage.  Some made very hard decisions, and some just tried to survive.

They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworms and leaches.  They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots.  They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones--real and imagined.  They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another.  And sometimes they disguised that love: "Don't mean nothin'!"

They carried memories for the most part, they carried themselves with poise and a kind of dignity.  Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but couldn't; when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said "Dear God" and hugged the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and their parents, hoping not to die.

They carried the traditions of the United States military, and memories and images of those who served before them.  They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations.  They carried the soldier's greatest fear: the embarrassment of dishonor. They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as not to die of embarrassment.  They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it.

They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any moment.  They carried the weight of the world. THEY CARRIED EACH OTHER.

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Veteran Related Gravestone Flagholders in Erie County

Rev War Rev War


Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam WW II WWII-China-Burma
WW II - Submarine GAR (Civil War) Unique 1776 War of 1812 American Legion Aux
US Veteran Civil War - Union Cuba & VFW Cuba PA Veteran
Korean War Marine Corp League Marine Corp League Gold Star Father Gold Star Mother


This page has been designed by and is being maintained by Bill Klauk and all images are property of Bill Klauk

This page was last updated on  Monday, May 28, 2001 .

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