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THE GREAT AMERICAN SPEND-A-LOT!     VIETNAM WALL EXPERIENCE    FLORIDA MARINE REUNION    Freedom Defender's Veterans Memorial    Veteran Communicators Reunion     Minuteman Project  Comment on Current MARS     Clay Conard Some Encouragement    McDonnell Douglas Humor    Kilowatt Newsletters    TRUE AMERICAN       Why We Forward Jokes    American Attack Helicopters    Differences in Compensation    Bin Laden Joke       Any European MARS Stations?   NASA Chicken    National Veterans Ham Radio Club    Evening Propagation  Special Veterans Event - Kentucky    MARSGRAM TO A GIRLS COLLEGE      A&E Documentary - Iraq tour of L/3/25




Where your legal status and your legal tender meet.

On Monday May 1st, while Latino activists are encouraging other Latinos to walk out on their jobs and boycott spending in any Southland businesses, we want you to do the exact opposite. SPEND, SPEND, AND SPEND!

To reward you and your financial patriotism, KFI AM 640 and the John and Ken show will be reimbursing you for your legal citizen-spending spree.

On Monday May 1st, fax or email a copy of a receipt for something you purchased on May 1st 2006 and it will go into a drawing. Twice an hour during their show (3-7PM) John and Ken will go into the special “winds of change booth” that will blow the receipts around allowing John and Ken to choose just one.

The winners will be reimbursed up to $640 per receipt.

Fax RECEIPTS To (818) 260-9968


Email To [email protected]

So put your money where your mouth is in The Great American Spend-a-Lot!

Receipts sent to The John and Ken Show’s email address will be disqualified


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May 5th, 6th and 7th

An event of respect and gratitude

Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

MSgt Rush Williams, USMC (Ret), Program Manager

Click for Schedule of Events

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 May 5 -7, 2006


The welcome mat is out to everyone who has earned the right to wear the

 "Eagle, Globe and Anchor", and to their friends and relatives.


Hosted by the Northeast Florida Chapter of the 1st Marine Division Association 

Radisson Riverwalk Hotel

1515 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville, FL

(on the south bank, downtown)

Please log on to to get details and registration forms. 

 Please pass this information on to all Marines you know - both past and present. 

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Special Announcement

The Freedom Defender's Veterans Memorial

Will be unveiling a life size bronze statue of

Charles W. Lindberg

Saturday May 20th  (Armed Forces Day)

At 1400 Hours.

Address and Directions are as follows:

Beltrami County History Center

130 Minnesota Ave. S. W.

Bemidji, MN 55601

Phone:  (218) 444-3376


All men are created equal, then some become Marines!
United States Marines

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Veteran Communicators Reunion 


Veteran Communicators Reunion (VCR) is a loose knit
organization of Veteran (U.S. ARMY,  NAVY,
DOD AND CIVILIAN) Communicators.  


 Gold Coast Casino and Hotel

Las Vegas, NV


Thursday September 14th

to Sunday September 17th


Let me know if you are going. - dlb


Click Here For More Info

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If you know of someone who may have some time and energy, Here's a place they can most likely find a little "action"....

73, Paul Cavnar - NN7B

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Been participating and getting my ass kicked in forum for MARS.  been called every name in the book because I asked some hard questions about current mars ops or lack of ops in hurricanes

Seems that current MARS people have thin skins and can not take or allow any criticisms or questions about current mars ops thought I would pass that on


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Hi Dan, .......... I just finished 6 months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. Was originally diagnosed in 2002 and had chemo and radiation then. They were concerned about my lung capacity then and gave me an alternate form of chemo. When the tumors came back in a different place last fall, the oncologist decided to have me take extensive lung testing. They decided it was not damage or disease, just a shortage of capacity and proceeded with the full blown chemo with periodic lung tests. There has been no problem with the lungs and they appear to have the tumors on the run. Will find out in a couple of weeks when they run the first post-treatment scans. I have been doing fine other than the nausea, which i am hopefully done with now, and the fatigue. I can expect to start getting energy back in the coming days and will likely be back to work full time this coming week.

I would like to let anyone facing this know that being diagnosed with cancer is not the end of the world like it was years ago. You will have good days and bad days in cycles, and knowing the good days are coming can keep you going through the bad days. Your outlook can have a large influence on your recovery. Everything you do to keep your attitude on the brighter side of things is a step toward recovering your health. 

Thanks,   Clay Conard

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This was posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas Website by an employee there who obviously has a sense of humor.  The company, of course, does not have a sense of humor, and made the web department take it down immediately (for once, the 'IMPORTANT' note at the end is worth a read too).

Click Here to Read

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Eric Scace sent a box full of old Kilowatt newsletters from First District Navy Marine Corps MARS late 1968 - 1974.  I've been garnering a lot of Member names and history reading through those.  I'm updating the database.   If I ever get the energy I will try to scan them all and put them up with a little encouragement - so go ahead encourage me.  Dan

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It is time to change from REDNECK humor to TRUE    AMERICAN Humor! Only I don't see it as Humor, but the correct way to LIVE YOUR LIFE ! If you feel the same, pass this on to your True American friends. Ya'll know who ya' are...


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "One nation, under God."


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You still say "Christmas" instead of "Winter Festival."


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You bow your head when someone prays.


You  might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never burned an American flag.


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.


God Bless the U S A

Git 'er done!!!!!!!!!!!!

" Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another "

 Contributed by John Sedovic

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Why We Forward Jokes


A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. 


He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. 


After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. 


When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. 


When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" 


"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. 


"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. 


"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." 


The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 


"Can my friend come in, too?" the traveler asked, gesturing toward his dog. 


"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." 


The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. 


After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. 


As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. 


"Excuse me!" he called to the man.  "Do you have any water?" 


"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in." 


"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog. 


"There should be a bowl by the pump." 


They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. 


The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. 


When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. 


"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. 


"This is Heaven," he answered. 


"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too." 


"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell." 


"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" 


"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind." 




Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. 


Maybe this will explain. 


When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward jokes. 


When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes. 


When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how, you forward jokes. 


Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get? 


A forwarded joke. 


So, next time if you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.


You are all welcome @ my water bowl anytime

Contributed by Jim Mackin

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American Attack Helicopters


American Attack Helicopters, near Mosul, Iraq hit a target being designated by a hand held laser. The First shots are the 20mm cannon, with tracer rounds.  Next is a 30mm cannon without tracers. Finally come 2.75 inch rockets.  Don't mess with these elite Combat Units. 101st Airborne Division, US Army                             Click Here To View

Classification: Dept of Defense: Unclassified


Bad Guys don't stand a chance in Night Firefight

Contributed by Jim Mackin

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Differences in Compensation

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own U. S. Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.

If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

"When do we finally do something about this?" If  this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can.

By Rush Limbaugh

Contributed by Jim Mackin

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Bin Laden Joke

While escaping thru Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden found a bottle on the beach and picked it up. Suddenly, a female genie rose from the bottle and with a smile said,  "Master, may I grant you one wish?"

Osama responded, "You ignorant, unworthy daughter-of-a-swine! Don't you know who I am? I don't need any common woman giving me anything."

The shocked genie said, "Please, I must grant you a wish or I will be returned to that bottle forever."

Osama thought a moment, then grumbled about the impertinence of the woman and said, "Very well, I want to awaken with three American women in my bed in the morning. So just do it and be off with you."

The annoyed genie said, "So be it!" and disappeared.

The next morning Bin Laden woke up in bed with Lorena Bobbitt, Tonya Harding, and Hillary Clinton at his side. His penis was gone, his knees were broken, and he had no health insurance.  

Contributed by Jim Mackin

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Any European MARS Stations?

Dan, W4NTI here. Ex Vol op at Bien Hoa in 67. USAF.

Do you know of any group like this on the internet for the European MARS stations.  I was on the patch circuit over there too...Mostly volunteer.

Dan/W4NTI/es DA2LJ/AE1LJA/ and a few others.

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NASA Chicken

Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist. This is a true story.

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 lb dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

French engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the French engineers. When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified French sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo:

"Defrost the chicken."

Contributed by Joseph G. Brown

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NVHRC National Veterans Ham Radio Club

This group has been formed to establish a National Amateur Radio Club/Group designed specifically for Veterans of the United States military. The only requirement to join is to have served honorably in the US military and hold a valid amateur radio license. This is a restricted group, therefore your membership will have to be first approved by a moderator

 Contributed by Bob Peters

(Since I no longer have my ticket - I can't check this out.  Let me know about it - dlb)

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Evening Propagation

60M chl 1 appears to offer decent evening prop for the upcoming summer months.  5330.5 mHz is # 1 BTW.  Might mention to those you frequently talk with that it seems to be a keeper.  NJ0F  George

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Special Veterans Event - Kentucky

Special event honoring all veterans in central Kentucky

August 3 - 6 2006.

Sponsored by VFW post 7098.

Information available at 

Flyer available on the web site.

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The March – April 1969 edition of KILOWATT at the time the Third District Bulletin, features the following, printed as received, presented as the closing thought for that issue:


R 021035Z JAN 69











I’m just wondering if on of our op’s John Littleton, Bob Connelly or Henry Rhodes composed that! dlb

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A&E Presents - Iraq tour of L/3/25

Devil Dogs,

I had the chance last night to preview a new documentary on the Iraq tour of L/3/25 from Columbus, Ohio. The company is known for suffering more casualties than any other similar sized unit to have served in the war.

The film is made by a guy named Mike Epstein; the co-producer and military advisor is a friend and former Lieutenant of mine in 2/5, Jon Yellen, who is now an investment banker in NYC.

It is a documentary that is compelling, moving, emotional and very realistic. The Marines, particularly the SNCO, NCOs and enlisted, come off great in the film. The combat scenes (from Marines' camcorders) are realistic to the max. There are more than a few sad moments in the film (which is still being finalized) but it will make you appreciate yet again the dedication and bravery of the Marines.

The working title is "Combat Diary, Lima Company, 3/25". It is scheduled to air for two hours on A&E on Memorial advice is... don't miss is one of the best things done about Marines that I have seen in years.

S/F, Kevin

Received word from Jon Yellen that A&E has scheduled new air date for the L/3/25 documentary. It is now scheduled for 9 p.m. on 25 May, the Thursday before Memorial Day. Jon will send out some official word as we get closer to the show. Could you please pass the word and sorry about the change but if Marines know anything, they know the word changes!!!!
Kevin Kennedy

Contributed by Wayne V. Morris Col USMC (Ret)


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Promotion and Award - Brad Kasal to Reenlist

1stSgt Brad Kasal to be promoted to Sergeant Major May 1st and awarded the Navy Cross - I still think he deserves the Medal of Honor


Fallujah November 2004

Click Picture To Enlarge

You remember Brad - he's the one in the middle! (dlb) 

The Promotion and Reenlistment Ceremony for 1stSgt Kasal, USMC will be held at 1100, 5/1/06 (Monday) at Bldg 210568, North Side, Camp Del Mar, MCB, Camp Pendleton.

Dress:               Uniform-Uniform of the Day

               Civilian-Coat & Tie

Those planning to attend please call me at (760) 945-0146 or by e-mail ASAP.

Let's all get out and honor this Warrior.


Don Greenlaw, Capt USMC 

[email protected]

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Take Care Of Your Veterans!

Col "Sgamby"  sent this to his US Representative in Congress - maybe some of you should send a version to yours, I have. dlb

Dear Editor:

This is an open discussion on the subject of shifting health care costs to military beneficiaries, which is designed to focus on our representative M. Bordallo and requesting for her to please oppose this DoD plan.  Cutting benefits will only hurt long-term retention and readiness during a critical period to continue the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

This DoD plan is designed to make thousands of military retirees pay $1,000 more each year for their military health coverage.  Defense planners/leaders want these fee hikes to help pay for weapons systems and make military benefits track more closely to civilian plans. 

A government that can afford hundreds of billions of dollars in "pork spending" and tax cuts can afford both weapons and health care for those who sacrificed for decades to keep America free.  Our military retirees should not have to pay for our weapons! 

Our defense leaders forget military retirees paid higher premiums than any civilian--through decades of service and sacrifice.  Military health and retirement benefits must be higher to help offset adverse military service conditions. 

The nation has a far greater obligation to military retirees than corporations have to their employees.  In demanding such extraordinary commitments from career servicemembers, the government assumes a reciprocal obligation to provide benefits commensurate with their extraordinary sacrifice. 

Comparison with corporate practices is inappropriate and considered not prudent. 

Penalizing those who serve arduous 20 to 30 years military careers would be inconsistent with past congressional action.  For the past two years, Congress has rejected administration-proposed far smaller VA health fee increases for nondisabled veterans who had served as few as two years.  Now, tripling and quadrupling fees for those who served 20 to 30 years in uniform would be seen even more inappropriate and a slap in their faces:  Our Servicemembers   Our Veterans.  Our Retirees.  And their Families. 

DoD leaderships say rising health costs compete with weapons programs.  The Joint Chiefs endorse increasing TRICARE fees because this choice has been forced on them by Political Leaders?  Mrs.'s time for the Congress to demonstrate and show they do care for the servicemembers, veterans, retirees, and their families. 

Adolf P. Sgambelluri

President, National Association for Uniformed Services, Guam Chapter

U.S. Marine Corps (Retiree)

472-7673 (Phone)

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