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 8th 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.
God bless America
I fucking love this country
The people that risk their lives and give their lives should be honored a lot more than a couple of days a year. God bless our veterans.
If you don’t like it, you can GIT OUT
This country is already great but somehow we are going to Make America Great Again
So many gravestones. So many dead. Sons, brothers, fathers, uncles. Each of those gravestones. Heartbreaking.
Where are the USA nudes, Pres?
Blogs like these provide one of those brief moments when I’m proud to be a stoolie
Everyone chirps their Boston buddy, until they need help out of a jam. God bless the troops
You guys know the Govt is using patriotism to trick you into supporting genocide right?
Everyone chirps their Boston buddy, until they need help out of a jam…God bless the troops
Love this. God Bless
Thank you Sir, Thank you Ma’am. You will not be forgotten.
Just a reminder of why today is called Memorial Day. Hopefully one day after my time in the Air Force (been in for 2 years) is over that I can look back and say I did them right.
Connecticut is proud to be in New England. Viva
US of motherfucking A
@benderrodriguez yeah well I fucked your sister
Head to urturt.com they are selling t shirts in honor of Charles Keating IV, navy seal who died fighting Isis earlier this month. The shirts are badass and all proceeds go to awesome cause. A true American hero who loved bud heavys. #chuckheavy
America is better than everyone else. Fact.
That dog picture gets me every time…god bless the people that protect us everyday
That dog picture gets me everytime…god bless the ppl that protect us everyday
Thank you to all the men and women who are all 100x the person I’ll ever be
I highly recommend making a trip to Arlington, VA. It’s incredibly powerful seeing all the headstones, the tomb of the unknown soldier, and hearing the 21 gun salutes.
That last picture slays me. A veteran reminiscing with his brothers on the other side. Wish I was half the man these guys were
I’m from Brockton and I always hate when people suggest it’s so dangerous. It is but there are a lot of great people in this cityear’s. The city of champions. That being said, no matter how dangerous it was I could never do what the soldiers do. Everyday they risk their lives. Thank you. God bless America
Rest in peace Sgt. James J. Regan, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Legends never die.
Pour one out for the boys today, Stoolies.
Thank you to all of those who have and/or serving this beautiful country. Of course words can’t describe the debt we owe you men and women.
We live in an age of college protests because food isn’t good enough, costumes are insensitive and because C’s shouldn’t exists if you are doing a sit in. I can’t help but think about the college aged kids who instead of join there whiney peers instead ask themselves “if not me, then who?” and decided to defend America. I highly doubt whiney college protesters have 1/10000th of the balls and patriotism as those same-aged kids in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. God Bless America.
Way to make it about yourselves
God Bless the troops. One of the best forms of support for our Armed Forces is to keep them out of unnecessary conflicts. There are situations in which we need to step in, but you’re not anti troops if you believe there are some we should stay out of.
You do realize that Memorial Day is to remember the heroes we lost and not the ones who are alive right?
Nice one, Pres.
God bless you boys. And to Billy may you rest in peace
As I sat and drank a lot today missing my good friend Bill. I will tell you more about him. His son was only weeks old when he paid the ultimate price for our freedom. They never met and he watched his birth thru skipe but I want you to know my good friend as you already know watching from the heavens that your family is well. We miss you and love you it’s been nine years and we will never forget you as your son grows into a man we will always tell him what a hero you were and how much you loved him
The picture with the dog is the saddest picture ever. RIP to the fallen soldiers
@bologna my Grandad is buried there. 2 Star Major Adjutant General in the Army Rangers. He fought in WWII, where he got a purple heart cause some Nazi fuck shot him in the leg from across the street as he was storming a house. Then after he was done, went back home. Later on he joined up and did tours of duty in Vietnam and Korea. Never spoke a word of it to anyone. World’s biggest badass, hardest motherfucker to walk the earth, gone too soon. Sorry for the speech, but we need way more holidays commemorating those who serve and have served. God Bless America.
Today’s great, because no matter your political party we all come together for the same shit
Bless our troops. If you think korengal valley ain’t shit. Watch the documentary. Restrepo or korengal.
Will you visit the manziel grave?
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