Be Respectful Of Old Guys...................

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  1. LinuxLover

    LinuxLover Ba-nan-nah-nuh

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    A friend sent me this - and although it's a chain letter, forwarded to me - it is succinct and brutally pointed.

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    It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.​

    Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp.

    Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp. Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

    Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.’

    In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

    When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

    If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say.

    Or, to onlookers, he's just another old coot, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.
    To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty............
    They can seem altogether unimportant ...........
    Maybe even a lot of nonsense.....................
    Old folks often do strange things, At least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters............
    Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida..............
    That's too bad....................
    They'd do well to know him better. ​


    His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

    Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive.

    Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive. The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap.

    Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose.
    Time dragged on.
    All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...
    Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.
    It was a seagull! ​

    Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck.

    He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men.

    Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait . . . And the cycle continued.

    With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.


    Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.'

    That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

    Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp..221, 225-226)

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    PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America 's first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.

    You've got to be careful with old guys; you just never know what they have done during their lifetime.
     
  2. G19Tony

    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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    I know I’ve read that somewhere before. Thank you for posting it again. We could all say, “Thank you”. More.
     

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    eagle359 Glock Fanboi

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    My Uncle Charlie and I went to Normandy for the 50th D-Day Anv. There were about 125 D-Day vets in our tour group. They all looked like grandfathers. White hair, bald, some could just shuffle along. Two or three would get together and spin their tales of the invasion and later bloody days. Just some old guys that the entire world owed a lot.
     
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    What a great story. Now if others good be so grateful, and understand, why life is so precious.
     
  5. PRKJayhawk

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    Outstanding story
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    arnold ziffle aka dingle

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    and now you know the rest of the story.
     
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    Cool story. thanks for posting
     
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    There’s a saying in emergency services- there’s a reason the senior guy (or gal) on the shift/platoon is “senior”. You should strongly consider what they did to have longevity in their career...and emulate that.
     

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    At work one day, a poor crippled up very elderly old man in a rickety old wheelchair was pushed into the main building.

    I chanced to notice an octopus tattoo on his forearm....the octopus was wearing a white Navy seaman's cap and a grim frown on its face. Maybe some tools its tentacles....

    I so wanted to go to him and thank him profusely for his incredible bravery back in WWII.

    He was one of the ORIGINAL.....

    Frogmen.

    Who cleared the mines and barriers from the D Day and other beaches armed only with explosives and a knife and mapped the landing beaches.

    A real live FROGMAN. Forerunner of the NAVY SEALS.

    God rest you sir....I wish I had had the time and the distinct honor of shaking your hand. And thanking YOU!

    I had two great uncles there in that invasion. They too lived into their late eighties or early nineties.

    For a moment, I stood in the presence of unimaginable and undaunted courage.

    Thank you sir.

    Gray_Rider
     
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    www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/find-aid/528/speech.htm

    "JOHN BARTEK'S SPEECH ABOUT THE RICKENBACKER RESCUE
    NOVEMBER 19, 1998"

    "JB is Mr. John Bartek, survivor, with Eddie Rickenbacker and others, of three weeks lost at sea in 1942."

    Scroll down a couple of pages to JB to read the speech. He was the youngest of the group and the only one who ever talked about it.

    Near the end, DL says, "I will supply only one detail at this point because we need to go to our reception that is being held over in the conference room. Rickenbacker's special mission was to carry an official reprimand to Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur had been making all sorts of uncomplimentary statements about Franklin D. Roosevelt, about American policy, about American war plans in which he considered hopelessly out of date and wrong headed. Henry Stimson who was Secretary of War was very angry about this and it was out of the question to recall MacArthur, I mean who had been built up into this warrior god, so Stemson got the idea of a reprimand. On the other hand, the reprimand had to be secret. Nobody should know that MacArthur had been reprimanded. Rickenbacker was told by Stimson to commit the reprimand to memory. He did not want to put it on paper. So Rickenbacker was carrying this memorized reprimand to Douglas MacArthur. He eventually got through to Douglas MacArthur. The reason Rickenbacker was picked for this mission was because Rickenbacker had never cared much for Douglas MacArthur. And the reason he didn't care much for Douglas MacArthur was because MacArthur had made all sorts of statements about air power being not very important in war."
     
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    send this to the McDLT or whatever they are called so they can appreciated the life they have here in the U.S.A.