For the whole earth is their sepulchre.

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BlaiseP

BlaiseP is the pseudonym of a peripatetic software contractor whose worldly goods can fit into an elderly Isuzu Rodeo. Bitter and recondite, he favors the long view of life, the chords of Steely Dan and Umphrey's McGee, the writings of William Vollman and Thomas Pynchon, the taste of red ale and his own gumbo. Having escaped after serving seven years of a lifetime sentence to confinement in hotel rooms, he currently resides in the wilds of Eau Claire County and contemplates the intersection of mixed SRID geometries in PostGIS.

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  1. Avatar Shelley
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    For those of us who haven’t been to war, that kind of courage is, simply, impossible to imagine.Report

  2. Avatar greginak
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    My dad and uncles were all in the 3rd ID during WW2. They said almost nothing about the significant amount of combat they all saw from north africa through to central Europe. My dad had the official 3rd ID history of the war. It was a big heavy hard bound dust covered book. More like a mid-evil tome then something meant to be read. I’d browse through it as a kid and held the book in great reverence. Reading official histories is not meant to be exciting, but i still have that book.Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko
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    A peaceful rest to these brave warriors. Men who loved their nation, and gave their lives that other nations might enjoy the freedom of their own. Men whose bequeath to us, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was to be a world blessed by greater freedom, more peace, and less evil to confront. Let us maintain the garden they planted for us, to honor their memories.Report

  4. Avatar Damon
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    I remember when “Saving Private Ryan” came out and the commentary from some vets who were actually there saying that it was pretty realistic (the Normandy beach scenes). I remember making a note to watch it in particular. I told my wife at the time as well that she needed to watch it. Hell, EVERYONE needed to watch it, because that was what war was like and that if you’re going to send men off to die you better understand what they will face. The reason damn well better be important.Report

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