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Very proud to know this young man

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams
My best friend has raised two wonderful boys whom we are very close to. James, the oldest son, is an officer in the Navy aboard the USS Hawes. I have known him since he was grade school, and even back then all he could talk about was wearing the uniform and joining the Navy. His ship is currently at port for a few days in Mobile, a tradition for the start of Mardi Gras. We are very proud of him - as he represents the best of the best of the young people in this great country. He made the local news down there and I felt compelled to share the video. He is the one explaining damage done to the ship during a recent deployment, as well as their future mission. We can all be proud of all of these tremendous young people who serve our country with such great pride - and we should thank them at every opportunity we get.
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

James is the perfect example of an everyday American hero. He is living a good life of service to his country. Please thank his parents for me & thanks for sharing the story and clip!!

Feb 22, 2009 03:06 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Thanks for sharing it is great of you to give contribute to this very fine young man.  You are right we all need to thank the men and women who put their lives on the line each and everyday for us.

Feb 22, 2009 03:08 AM
Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA
The members of the armed forces in this country are truly amazing Americans. Every chance I get I do thank them. I think you are a good person for spreading the word and reminding all of us to proud of our service people. Thanks for the video.
Feb 22, 2009 03:09 AM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Thank you James, for serving our country and placing your life on the line everyday for our freedoms. God Bless

Thanks Susan for the great patriotic post to your friends and the UNITED STATES NAVY!

Feb 22, 2009 03:14 AM
James & Amy Galligan
Keller Williams Real Estate - Stroudsburg, PA

Thanks for the story & clip about your best frend's son, it is awesome to see who they grow up to be...

Everyone should be very proud of all the men & women who serve our country day in & day out...

Thanks again for shaing & reminding us of all of those who serve American each & every day!

Feb 22, 2009 03:43 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

We are blessed to have them. May the Lord watch over them

Feb 22, 2009 06:04 AM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC
Thanks for all your comments and appreciation for James and all of those who serve our country.
Feb 22, 2009 07:40 AM
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To James and the crew of the USS Hawes - God speed and may He watch over you and yours. 

Feb 22, 2009 09:00 AM
Danai Pierce


Thank you so very much for posting the video on your web site. When I saw it on tv down here in Alabama it brought tears to my eyes. You see I went with him on what they called a family day cruise before their last 7 month deployment. I was on the ship for 7 hours- and I was praying to God to let us come back early because I could not take it anymore!! Realizing that day that these men and women sleep in "drawers" (that's how tiny their "beds" are), travel through the roughest seas, and put themselves in harms way made me appreciate even more what they do! Their sacrifice is unmeasurable! I love him so much and every day he makes me the proudest wife! Thank you to all the men and women who sacrifice so much so that we can have the luxury to live free and safe.

Feb 22, 2009 11:30 AM
Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX


As other's have said our great Country is great because of men and women like James. Thank you for sharing this story.

Please pass onto him and his family a Big "Thank You" from this Texas family. We are truly grateful.


 I thought I would share a list of Military Charities that I feel are worth supporting.

Military Charities
Operation Helmet sent over 35,000 shock-absorbing helmet upgrades to the troops, testified to Congress that resulted in the military at least beginning to do the same and still have a backlog of over 900 troops headed into combat with old-style helmet. They are a 100% volunteer, non-partisan, charitable organization headquartered in Montgomery, Texas (near Houston) with volunteer operations around the country. 99.96% of all contributions are used to send upgrade kits to our troops!
Soldiers' Angelsis a volunteer-led non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, they are an international organization with members in all fifty U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and several friendly countries who support America's men and women in uniform.
The USO even before the United States entered World War II, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been the bridge between the American public and the U.S. military. In times of peace and war, the USO has consistently delivered its special brand of comfort, morale and recreational services to the military.
The Fisher House program is an unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
The Armed Forces Foundation was established to promote the morale, welfare, and quality of life of the United States armed forces community, including active duty military, reservists, and retired personnel and their families. Last year, the Foundation donated 91% of all outside contributions directly to deployed military families.
"Gifts from the Homefront"Gift Certificates allow you to send a gift certificate to military families. These gift certificates are redeemable by Authorized Patrons of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the Navy Exchange (NEX) and the Coast Guard Exchange. The certificates are redeemable at all locations around the world, including deployed areas.

Feb 22, 2009 02:32 PM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC

Alice - Thanks for listing those most worthy charities - many would like to do more to express their gratitude, but are not sure how.

Danai - Thank you for stopping by and weighing in on my blog! I love and miss you both - be sure to give James a hug from me!

Note: Danai (if you haven't read her comment) is Jame's lovely bride. We sometimes forget the loved ones of our soldiers sacrifice as well.

Feb 22, 2009 09:02 PM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Susan - thanks for sharing the video of this ship and of your friends son. As a veteran of the navy, I salute his service.

Feb 22, 2009 11:13 PM
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

Susan- Very nice post. James and all like him are indeed why we live in peace. May God Bless them.

Feb 23, 2009 12:18 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Susan, I'm happy to see that Americans are finally realizing what true heroes our military personnel truely are.  I am a Navy brat, spent the first 18 years of my life, living Navy.  I know what they go through, how they live on board ship, and how unappreciated they are.  Its unfortunate that in this day and age, the average enlisted person with 2 kids, must rely on food stamps and in some cases welfare, as their pay is at poverty level.  A travesty!  Especially given our legislators are sitting behind a desk, in a comfortable office, never going into harms way, waving their wands and directing the movements of the armed forces, and in many cases voting against the very legislation those people need to help them when they return home.

Feb 23, 2009 01:02 AM