We should probably do it more often than we do, but I wanted to take a quick second to thank all the troops who have served this country past and present. Thank all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending us. Despite all our countries flaws it’s still the best place to live on earth. And all the freedoms we take for granted only exist because of those who have fought to protect them. So from all the Stoolies everywhere we say thank you. God Bless America. God Bless our troops.
And as I do every Memorial and Veterans Day here is my favorite article we’ve ever posted on Barstool. This is the 7th year I’ve posted it.
Washpost - Even on Memorial Day, when the nation stops to honor and remember the fallen men and women in uniform who served in wars past and present, it is easy for the U.S. military to remain an abstraction. The troops toil at distant bases and fight far-away battles, becoming real to their fellow citizens mainly when they lug giant rucksacks through America’s airports at the beginning and end of their leaves
As a military reporter, I’ve had the chance to see them as they really are, in those odd moments between boredom and heroism, when they’re waiting for a helicopter, killing time on outposts or starting to bump down a road that may or may not be laden with explosives. I witnessed one such snapshot last month, as I sat on one of the last U.S. helicopters preparing to fly into eastern Afghanistan’s violent Korengal Valley. American commanders were only a few weeks away from shutting down the base there, ending a bloody five-year stalemate with the Taliban. It was just after 9 p.m., and streaks of lightning flashed against the black sky. Fifteen minutes passed. The copter was grounded. It was then that two of the soldiers from the 4th Brigade of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division launched into a profanity-laced argument over a burning question:
Is Connecticut in New England?
The first soldier gamely insisted that Connecticut couldn’t possibly be part of New England because everyone from Connecticut cheers for New York sports teams: the Giants, the Jets, the Mets, the Yankees, etc.
“Do you even [expletive] know where Connecticut is?” the other soldier demanded. “I mean, could you even find it on an [expletive] map?” The first soldier didn’t answer. It was pretty obvious to all that he couldn’t find Connecticut on an [expletive] map. Instead he reeled off the states that he thought were in New England: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.
A third voice from the darkness suggested that Long Island is also in New England. But the first two soldiers — both from Boston — told him to shut up, because Long Island is definitely in New York, and New York is not on anybody’s New England list.
The lightning kept flashing. Still grounded. In about 90 minutes the moon would rise and illuminate the sky, making it far too easy for whoever shot the Chinook last time to hit it again.
The soldiers’ geography debate shifted to another topic: whether Brockton, Mass., is more dangerous than the Korengal Valley, where more than 40 U.S. troops had died over the past five years. One of the New England soldiers insisted that five of his relatives had been killed in Brockton, so he was pretty sure it was more dangerous than the Korengal.
It’s still one of my favorite blogs I’ve ever posted. Just a great story. So good that I promised to post it every Veterans Day and every Memorial Day for as long as the Stool is in business. Because the reporter is right. It’s real easy to forget all the troops serving abroad all over the world. But at the same time there is something comforting knowing that Boston guys are probably running the show in every platoon protecting our asses and just dominating shit. Because whatever nameless local soldier the author was referencing in this article is dead on. The Korengal Valley ain’t shit when you grew up in Brockton. So here’s to all our troops serving everywhere especially the New England ones.
Thanks for this Pres. Never posted before, but felt the need to on this. Thank's for keeping the spirit of this "holiday" alive. Huge KFC fan, but to say Memorial Day is only the start of summer and mailtime for cube monkeys misses the point of this emotional day. Many of our country's best men have died to ensure we continue to live freely. As a vet from this generation, I can tell you we all appreciate your humor while serving and thank you to all for paying (taxes) us to hunt the scum of the earth. Semper Fi.
@unclefingers You're a fucking coward. It's ironic how those guys, past present and future, would gladly lay down their lives so you can have an opinion as assanine as that. Choke on a dick and die fucko.
Arlington is a special place with some of the greatest men in this nation’s history. It’s a goddamn shame they are no longer around. Semper Fi
Very nice dave. Brady still cheated though
Viva la Stool. Viva la troops. Viva la USA
God bless America
Thanks for this pres. Happy memorial day
Fuck Off reggiehammond
God Bless the USA!!!
Best country on earth
God bless America and God bless our troops indeed. Reggie I hope the stoolies in the article above find you and strap you to an IED
White, black, right wing, left wing, if you don’t take a moment today to appreciate the sacrifice that our military makes for us every day then you don’t belong in this country.
@reggiehammond Eat a dick
@reggiehammond Your a giant pussy
Those dog pictures get me every time. God bless and our Troops!
“We’re Team USA and we’re going all the way.” – Gordon Bombay
Thanks for this Pres. Never posted before, but felt the need to on this. Thank’s for keeping the spirit of this “holiday” alive. Huge KFC fan, but to say Memorial Day is only the start of summer and mailtime for cube monkeys misses the point of this emotional day. Many of our country’s best men have died to ensure we continue to live freely. As a vet from this generation, I can tell you we all appreciate your humor while serving and thank you to all for paying (taxes) us to hunt the scum of the earth. Semper Fi.
@reggiehammond , show some respect for the people who defend your right to be a little troll pussy. You don’t like America? Then go back to Africa you ape
And this is why you’re the best blogger in the nation. Respect.
God bless America, thank God for the men and women who are willing to die for this country and what we believe in. So proud to be an American and so proud to be part of a community like barstool who apreciates the sacrafice that makes it what it is.
PS, Glad to see you guys dont have to photoshop shit in like those fags at the chive
People can say a lot of shit about you, Pres but they can’t say you don’t love America.
Thank you soliders
@reggiehammond ….you’re a jagoff and should be deported to the North Pole
God Bless America and the service men and women who serve and sacrifice for us….
Love this fuckin country
@reggiehammond Show some respect you fucking pussy, we are honoring the fallen. Maybe they will teach you about this in homeroom tomorrow.
Would have been nicer with out all the self promoting Viva la Stool signs.
Only thing missing was a US flag with stools instead of stars.
Brockton is worse than Afganistian and it’s not even close.
God fuckin bless America
Allah Bless America.
Comment section=Romper Room. How about banning some of these fucking idiots?
Jehovah bless america
Nice blog Pres. Now as we see in those pictures the tons of brave (stoolie) soldiers who risk their lives, how about coming to terms with your audience next time your about to hit submit on another Bieber blog.. none of us wanna read that shit
Great blog until it became all about Boston and not the troops.
Humbled by those that gave everything to serve. Everything else is way behind so don’t thank me on Memorial Day as every other vet’s service means nothing today.
Spc. Arsenault, 9/4/14. World lost a good one
@bosshogg4500 I thought Spags was suppose to block the morons….what happened to that I wonder.
Memorial Day is about those who have died fighting our nation’s wars. It’s not a “thank the troops” day. Veterans Day is for that. Also, “Happy Memorial Day” is not really a thing that should be said.
USA all da way. Btw did Fox News really spell Osama bin Ladin name wrong?
This was fantastic! Good tribute
not trying to be a dick, but don’t you think that kid taking a picture with the barstool penny is kind of lame and over the top. I thought the military hardos would have mentioned that.
The 4th pic down is the fiance of Jimmy Regan from Manhasset, NY. Jimmy went to Chaminade High School on Long Island and played lacrosse at Duke. Turned down a real good job on Wall Street after college to become an Army Ranger b/c after 9/11 he thought, “If I don’t go over there, then who will?” One of the greatest guys I ever met and definitely would have been a Stoolie. His family set up a fund in his name to help wounded Army Rangers and the families of those KIA. http://www.leadthewayfund.org if you ever want to donate … RIP Jimmy, we poured one out for you today.
Call me a wet blanket but I don’t think we should thank people who died trying to kill other people
@unclefingers You’re a fucking coward. It’s ironic how those guys, past present and future, would gladly lay down their lives so you can have an opinion as assanine as that. Choke on a dick and die fucko.
I was born and raised in Connecticut (western side most affiliated with NY) and I’m a huge Boston fan. Connecticut is a weird state since it’s a bridge in that it is New England but also part of tristate combo with NY and NJ. Can’t stand New York teams, I’m an honorably discharged Marine and oh yeah “uncle fingers” you can go FUCK YOURSELF with that bullshit. People died for you to even be voicing yourself in such a manner. Prick
Wow self promoting on a day to remember those who died in combat. A new low.
Reggie Hammond and uncle fingers and the like are complete pieces of shit that love negative attention. Both of you can swallow a bullet.
THIS ISNT VETERANS DAY. If you’re all going to act all patriotic, then get it right. This is for the guys who didn’t come home. This is their day. I appreciate the sentiment though.
Pfffft whatever. It’s just another day off to me. Another day to eat, play video games, and smoke a little weed. Patriots suck. Brady cheats. 18-1. Eli rocks. Suck it
@regiehammond minus the weed dude
@unclefingers I agree. Bunch of warmongers and fake tough guys. Baby killers 18-1
Bunch of fake patriotic sanctimonious pricks on here. None of you has ever served. Closest any of you have been to combat is when you puked watching Saving Private Ryan. So fuck off Patriots suck. Brady cheats. 18-1
Makes me sick to look at some of those photos and think about all the ungrateful, entitled, disrespectful assholes burning cities down/killing cops/looting and have zero comprehension of the people who gave their lives so said assholes can have the freedom to be pieces of shit.
What a joke kissing army and marine ass! Everyone knows it is only losers who can’t get into college who become cops, marines, and army men . All us smart guys went to college while the morons go overseas, wear polyester, march in queer parades, and brag about how great they are while all is college guys laugh at them…. Oh yah, Patriots cheat!!!! 18-1
@natebchase thank you for your service brother. You are a hero
God bless these guys fuckin no fear truly inspiring
@unclefingers @regiehammond ISIS is looking for a few good men. Only requirements are willingness to take it in the ass and get a third nostril from a real man.
@unclefingers U r an asshole
@youlube FUCK OFF
@unclefingers I hope somebody beats your fucking face in.
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