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Memorial Day Refections


Last night, I re-watched the 2014 presentation of the Memorial Concert and Tribute concertwhich is held annually on the Capitol steps and west lawn.

The 2014 program featured a salute to the “God Star Mother” whose son was the first America serviceman killed freeing Afghanistan. A very talented actress recounted the mother’s story in the mother’s own words. She spoke about the pride that she felt in her son’s enlistment and early service in the US Army. She spoke about reading a TV news ticker reporting that two US Rangers had be killed fighting the muslim Taliban in the hell hole they call Afghanistan. And how she trembled later that day when a uniformed Army Officer appeared at her door to inform her that her son was one of those Rangers killed in Afghanistan. She spoke of the comfort and support that she received from a group of “Gold Star Mothers” of who she was now one helped her deal with her grief and despair. And she spoke about how she thereafter dedicated her life to working with the “Gold Star Mother’s Association” to help and console other mothers who were losing sons and daughters on a daily basis fighting against international muslim terrorism.

In the second tribute, award winning actor Gary Sinise told in a young US Marine’s own semper fiwords the story of that young man’s loss of two legs and most of two arms fighting to free Fallujah and Iraq’s Anbar Province. He spoke of the pain, the anger and the deep depression that he experienced  struggling to cope with his pain, with his new disabilities and at the same time the loss of his first wife who could not deal with his fate as a quadruple amputee. But as the former Marine sat in the audience with his new wife and child, we heard of how he regained his will to live and build a new life despite his physical and mental scars.

These two heroes are but two examples of the bravery of and sacrifices made by the thousands of young Americans and their families defending America from mad, tyrannical religious fanatics.

viet nam memorial I salute and honor each and every one of them on this Memorial Day. But as I do, I cannot help but wonder how that “Gold Star Mother” and the thousands of other families of the brave Americans who have sacrificed their bodies, their minds and indeed gave their lives fighting to free Afghanistan from the muslim Taliban must feel now. How do they cope with the fact that the “Traitor in Chief” in the White House has pulled our troops out of Afghanistan only to now let the Taliban once again regain control of the country?


I also wonder how that young Marine amputee and the thousands of other young Americans who sacrificed life and limbs fighting and dying to free Falluja, Ramadi and entire Anwar Provence feel today as they watch the US government stand idly by while  Islamic Jihadists retake control over the areas that they and their comrades  fought and died freeing.  


On this Memorial Day, I sincerely thank every man and woman who ever served in the US Military and their families, but I also despise those few politicians who in many cases have made the sacrifices of our military meaningless.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!Flying Flag w Eagle


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Barack Hussein Obama

and his political cronies who have made the recent sacrifices of or military irrelevant.



 The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Please Fly Your American Flag Tomorrow to Salute the US Marines

Please join the Crusty Conservative

by flying your American Flag tomorrow


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to celebrate the 239th birthday of the semper fi

United States Marine Corps

and to thank the thousands of men and women who have proudly served over the years as 

U.S. Marines


Special Note: Several readers have asked why The Crusty Conservative does not fly his American Flag on a daily basis but rather seems to do so only on special occasions and not every day.
By way of explanation, I am a proud, patriotic veteran who flies a lighted American Flag in the atrium of his home 24/7. However, I purposely do not fly an American Flag in front of my home on a daily basis . I do this so that friends, neighbors and  passersbys do not take the flag’s presence for granted. Rather, I  publicly fly my American Flag only on national holidays and specific patriotic occasions in the hope that people will notice that the flag is flying that day and be motivated to ask or research what is the significance of that particular day that would cause the Crusty Conservative to publicly fly his Flag. My hope is that in doing this, I will cause people to ask questions, investigate and learn about their American Heritage.
The Crusty Conservative


The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788



A Crusty Conservative War Story – Okinawa Revisited

April 2014

A Tribute

Sixty nine years ago this month on April 1st 1945, the U.S. Marines landed on the island of Okinawa in the South Pacific. Okinawa was one of the last islands invaded and conquered during the U.S.’s island hopping war against imperialist Japan. Over 14,000 U.S. Marines were killed in the ensuing six-week battle for Okinawa.

On the occasion of my learning of the passing of a good friend who was there, I am compelled to retell a story that was told me in good faith by that friend and patriot who was on Okinawa in 1945 and again 25 years later. Whether the story is fact or fiction, an embellishment of a true life incident, or simply a case of “I wish I had done that” or “I wish said that I had said that” hindsight, I will never know. But regardless, the story deserves to be re-told in my friend’s memory and recorded for posterity.

USN Surgeons  operating during  Okinawa Battle

USN Surgeons
       operating during
        Okinawa Battle

This very dear friend of mine (who will remain anonymous) was a U.S. Navy doctor during WW II. In 1945, he served as a battlefield surgeon in a forward field hospital treating the U.S. Marine casualties on Okinawa during that bloody battle. Following the war, my friend went on to become a world-renowned pharmacologist. Later, he became the CEO of a U.S. based international pharmaceutical company. It was in that role that he returned to Okinawa approximately 25 years later.


As he told the story, the local Japanese agent for his company was accompanying him on visits to several local pharmacologists on Okinawa who were working on some very promising pharmaceutical agents derived from local herbs and plants. During their travels from clinic to clinic, the local agent drove to a small park atop a high, steep cliff overlooking

Okinawa coastline


the Pacific. He parked, got out of the car, opened the trunk and removed a large bouquet of white flowers. The agent took and threw the flowers into the ocean hundreds of feet below and bowed his head in prayer. After the long audible prayer, the agent explained to my friend that his gesture and his prayer were in memory of the hundreds of innocent Okinawa school girls who in the spring of 1945 had plunged off this very cliff to their deaths on the jagged rocks in ocean below rather than be captured and molested by the U.S. Marines who were making their own ultimate sacrifices as they conquered this enemy island.

According to his account, my friend – the former Navy doc – bowed his head for a moment and then un-zipped his flies and proceeded to pee over the cliff saying while he did so:

“Yes, I was here and this is for the hundreds of brave U.S. Marines whom we could not save in 1945 and died fighting for America on this god forsaken island.”

“God Bless Them & God Bless America” 

 Semper Fi & Rest In Peace, Jake!

semper fi


The Crusty Conservative

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788