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» Valor, Honor and Respect from The Common Virtue
The following article, provided by Blackfive, is Lt. Col. Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. The article is long, but important, so read the whole thing in the extended section.... [Read More]

» Go Read from Silent Running
Blackfive. Now.... [Read More]

» Reqad this now. from Quibbles and Bits
LCPL Chance. via Silent Running... [Read More]

» Mandatory Reading from Left & Right
Via Silent Running BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home Thank you, PFC C. Phelps USMC, for your service to our country and for protecting our freedoms. Rest in peace. Thank you, LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC, for your service to our country, for... [Read More]

» Wonderful letter from The last brain cell
BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home Thankyou PFC Chance Phelps for your sacrifice and thankyou Lt Col Strobl for your compassion and service.... [Read More]

» Mandatory Reading from Left & Right
Via Silent Running BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home Thank you, PFC C. Phelps USMC, for your service to our country and for protecting our freedoms. Rest in peace. Thank you, LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC, for your service to our country, for... [Read More]

» Fallen Heros from Technicalities
The death of Pat Tillman has provoked a tremendous amount of reportage. This has worried some people. They fear that when the ultimate sacrifice is paid by someone who is "unknown", no one will notice or maybe only the family [Read More]

» Taking Chance Home from The Laughing Wolf
Blackfive has a story you need to read. Get kleenex, and go read it. LW... [Read More]

» Honor from Bunker Mulligan
After reading some of the things posted at IndyMedia regarding Pat Tillman's death, I wish I could take some of those folks on a trip like the one described on the Blackfive site: Taking Chance Home. Honor is alive and... [Read More]

» Blackfive: Taking Chance Home from Bryan Strawser's Weblog
Blackfive posts a letter from Marine LTC Strobl outlining his experiences and emotions at escorting the body of Marine LCPL Chance Phelps to his home in Dubois, Wyoming. From Dover to Philadelphia; Philadelphia to Minneapolis; Minneapolis to Billings; ... [Read More]

» To hell with all that. from Welcome to Castle Argghhh! The Home Of One Of Jonah's Military Guys.
I can't honor them all individually. It doesn't mean I don't feel the same way about all my brothers and sisters in arms. This is why I support Spirit of America. This is why, in my time, I fought.... [Read More]

» A Fallen Hero from Ben's World
Blackfive has a tribute to a fallen Marine. Although the publicity surrounding Pat Tillman's death has been astounding, this one is the story of one of those nameless fallen that the media never mentions. All I can really say is... [Read More]

» Taking Chance from Stryker Brigade News
Someone asked us if we would share this story with everyone. Rather than post it again here, I'll point you to Blackfive, who has the complete story already. As he says: The following is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of... [Read More]

» Respect from Citizen Smash - The Indepundit
THIS IS RESPECT. THIS IS NOT. Any questions?... [Read More]

» True Respect from Chief Wiggles
I would like to take a moment from the auction to ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to take the time and go read this.... [Read More]

» Taking Chance Home from Balloon Juice
Go read this heart-wrenching story about a Marine escort moving the remains of Marine hero to his hometown for burial. [Read More]

» A hero comes home from Tobacco Road Fogey
Blackfive has a very moving letter from a Marine lieutenant colonel about his experience in escorting the body of one of our slain servicemen to its final resting place. Rest in peace, PFC Phelps. And thank you, to PFC Phelps, to the Phelps family an... [Read More]

» A Must Read from Clearing Datum
Blackfive has a must read story posted. Get out the kleenex first.... [Read More]

» No title needed. from Deskmerc.com
is honor. Rest easy, PFC Phelps.... [Read More]

» Mea Culpa from VodkaPundit
I take it back -- this is today's Required Reading. Don't ask why or what, just click.... [Read More]

» Must Read from Beth's Contradictory Brain
If reading this story of one Marine escorting a fallen soldier home doesn't make you cry like a baby I [Read More]

» Wictory Wednesday 6: Special Weading from Sneakeasy's Joint
Today is my 6TH WICTORY WEDNESDAY. It's a day for folks like me to share with you our support for the notion that President George W. Bush, affectionately known around here as SHRUB, should absolutely be re-elected as President of... [Read More]

» PFC Chance Phelps, USMC from GruntDoc
If this doesn't get yo you, your soul is defective. BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home... [Read More]

» Taking Chance Home from Reagan Country
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» Semper Fi from Dean's World
Still on break, hope you're having fun with our guests, but do me a favor, would ya? Read this. Thanks.... [Read More]

» today's readings from A Small Victory
Hey. I'm busy writing a couple of things. May I direct you elsewhere meanwhile? Taking Chance Home: The following is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. It's a long and beautifully writte... [Read More]

» Taking Chance home from Candy Universe
Blackfive posts a letter from LtCol M.R. Strobl, USMC, on his experience serving as the military escort for PFC Chance Phelps, USMC, to his final resting place in Wyoming. It's rather long, but it's an important read. I am... [Read More]

» Taking Chance from Swanky Conservative
Take some time and read Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's moving story of escorting Lance Corporal Chance Phelps home.... [Read More]

» Deus Vobiscum from Dialectic
Take Stephen Green's advice, click this required reading.... [Read More]

» Taking Chance Home from Right Voices
The following is United States Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps to his home and family. It's a long read, but one that is important and more than a little emotional (at... [Read More]

» Taking Chance from Uptown Girl
The following is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. It's a long and beautifully written and it deserves to be read in it's entirety. It's about Valor, Honor and Respect. Thanks to... [Read More]

» So proud of our military from The Urban Farmhouse
I have to leave for a midmorning appointment in a few. I don't have time to read blogs right now. So what am I doing? Sitting here trying not to burst into tears as I read this eloquent and moving... [Read More]

» Flag Draped Caskets? from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive has a post detailing the return of a fallen hero. This is the story that every photo of a flag draped coffin should tell to any who would look upon it. Chance Phelp's father is a sculpter, and amazingly,... [Read More]

» Taking Chance home from The Shape of Days
I've always had a nagging suspicion that the sitting administration had made a mistake by discouraging the publication of photographs of fallen soldiers. Now I'm sure of it. This is the story of a Marine Lieutenant Colonel on escort duty, [Read More]

» Thank you for your service to my country from Mickey's Musings
When I was in high school, my dream was to attend the United States Air Force Academy. I didn't make that cut (although I was on the waiting list). I ended up joining AFROTC, and that ended up with me washing out because I was honest enough to cor... [Read More]

» Taking Chance Home from Far From Perfect
Just read this. The following is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. It's a long and beautifully written and it deserves to be read in it's entirety. It's about Valor, Honor and Respect.B... [Read More]

» Remember the fallen from marcland
Blackfive has an amazing tribute to a fallen Marine. Required reading.... [Read More]

» The Final Mile from The Gantry Launchpad
Take a look at the real America as they honor one of the fallen. Read this, published by Blackfive. Thanks to Dean for the link.... [Read More]

» After Dover from American Digest
A stirring and deeply moving account of what it was like to escort the body of Marine PFC Chance Phelps home from Dover AFB begins, Taking Chance Home Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days ... [Read More]

» Some things leave you speechless from Random Nuclear Strikes
and this is one of those things. Oh, yeah - Michael Moore can kiss my butt.... [Read More]

» THE LAST JOURNEY from Blissful Knowledge
You all must read this long and terribly beautiful account of a Marine lieutenant colonel's journey escorting the body of [Read More]

» The Other Side of the Story from mtpolitics.net
A little over a week ago, the Guess-at-It carried this piece about Pfc. Chance Phelps, of Dubois, WY. Thanks to Blackfive, we see another side of Chance's journey home through the eyes of his Marine escort. (Other Gazette articles about Pfc. P... [Read More]

» Marine PFC Chance Phelps: RIP from Truly Stupid
Pfc. Chance Phelps, USMC, was killed in action in Iraq. Please honor him by reading the moving story of his journey home, as told by his military escort. Whether the war was right or wrong, only history will judge. But... [Read More]

» Meeting Chance from HobbsOnline
It's about Honor, Duty, Country, Valor, Respect ... and, above all, the homecoming of an American hero. Please do go read the whole thing.... [Read More]

» The last post from Bit Random
A moving account of the trip home for PFC Chance Phelps and his funeral. [Read More]

» A Hero Goes Home from blogoSFERICS
Blackfive posts the narrative from the Marine who escorted one of his fallen brothers-in-arms home. Very moving. Link via mtpolitics.... [Read More]

» Vietnam Medals from Slings And Arrows
Life is about choices. One of the choices John Kerry has had to deal with lately is the one he made regarding his Vietnam war decorations. What he did with his stands in stark contrast to this: The chaplain said... [Read More]

» Funeral Detail from fredschoeneman.com
Read this personal account of a Marine on funeral detail. I found it very moving.... [Read More]

» Patriots You Never Hear About from A Secular Franciscan Life
Thanks to Craig at mtpolitics.net for a heads up about this post from Blackfive who posted the eloquent narrative of LtCol. M.R. Strobl, USMC who escorted the remains of PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming. PFC... [Read More]

» Worth Reading from Flense.net
With all the hoopla and flap about photos of American dead coming back from Iraq, commingled with more loudness and sound bites over Kerry's medals/ribbons, here are two bits I found to be worth reading. First, read THIS (courtesy of [Read More]



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