Music:"Proud to be an American."
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The following WEBMASTERS INSPIRED me to Create my own Web Site.
They are listed in the order of Inspiration, and are linked to their Web Sites.
I want to say, THANK YOU for your Help and Friendship.
Jim (Texas Jim) Kelley | Daisey (Brat) Duke | George (Gunny) Fallon

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The National Flag represents the living country and is considered
to be a living thing emblematic of the respect and pride we have for our
nation. Our flag is a precious possession and many have sacrificed
their lives in her honor. DISPLAY IT PROUDLY!
The beautiful words above were taken from Daisey Duke's Web Site.
Thank You "Brat".
The History of my family is the history of this Great Country. The first member of my family came to America in 1638. A member of my family has fought in every War for America.
I am a Native Californian, and I am Proud of my State. My Great-Great Grandfather, Cyrus Carpenter came to this state after the Civil War (or as my Southern Friends call it, The War of Northern Aggression). Cyrus was a Veteran of Company H, 6th Michigan Infantry Regiment. My Grandfather served in the National Guard, and helped to protect life and property during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. My Father served during W.W.II. I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran . My SON served for 4 years, as a M1A1 Abrams Tank Driver. My oldest Granddaughter is now in the U.S. Army Reserves. The Tradition continues. I offer a Salute to ALL the VETERANS of this Country, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM!!!!

Proud Life Member of The Special Forces Association
Proud Life Member of The Special Operations Association

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Click the above image to go to the BEST Submarine page on the Internet!!
Okay, okay, it's my Brothers site, but it's still the Best!!!:>)

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be
in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all
persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even
the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and agressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you
compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your
achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business
affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to
what virue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere
life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about
love; for in the face of all aridity and disinchantment, it is as perennial
as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of
youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Do
not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you
have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt
the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And
whatever your labor and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep
peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore; dated 1692

In 1994 I decided to go back to College to earn my Bachelor of Science Degree; and I was told by someone that I was too old. I received my Degree on September 20, 1996, at 54 years of age. This is what I quoted to the young person:
"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer? If the conditions of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute?"
From "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

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