People are outraged over photos on social media of a Vietnam War veteran displayed at his wake on a gurney covered in an American flag.
No coffin was available for the visitation held at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, WTVC reports.
“At first we were okay with it,” said a family member, “but like I told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad.”
Taylor’s family said the funeral home refused to put George Taylor in a casket because of problems with his life insurance payment.
Taylor’s son, James, said the family was given little notice of the problem prior to the visitation.
“They came to me and told me that unless $9,000 was paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground,” he told ABC 7 New York.
“Mr. Taylor was a two-term Vietnam Vet,” wrote Ella Moss on Facebook. “We live in the Greatest Country in the world, and this is the best we can do for our soldiers. Not even a pillow for his head.”
Funeral home representative David Cummings said they did what the family asked.
“We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one.”
Photo: Facebook / Ella Moss
Col. Robert L. Howard (aka The Real Rambo) was the most decorated soldier / veteran in American history. It’s people like him who make this country GREAT!
This guy was a serious war fighter that played no games with the Vietcong. He racked and stacked bodies during The Vietnam War and was about black ops as it gets.
Col. Robert L. Howard
A Staff Sergeant in MACV-SOG which is a highly classified unit. This man was wounded 14 times during his 54 months of combat. He was actually put in for the Medal of Honor three separate times, but he did not receive either of the first 2 Medal of Honors because the actions that he performed took place in countries where the United States was fighting covertly and The President could not award him the Medal of Honor for actions in Cambodia since we were not supposed to be there to begin with. However he was award the Medal of Honor, 8 Purple Hearts, 1 Distinguished Service Cross, 1 Silver Star, and 4 Bronze Stars.
Actual citation for his actions.
ROBERT L. HOWARD
UNITED STATES ARMY
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Howard (then SFC .), distinguished himself while serving as platoon sergeant of an American-Vietnamese platoon which was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy controlled territory in the Republic of Vietnam. The platoon had left its helicopter landing zone and was moving out on its mission when it was attacked by an estimated 2-company force. During the initial engagement, 1st Lt. Howard was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion. 1st Lt. Howard saw his platoon leader had been wounded seriously and was exposed to fire. Although unable to walk, and weaponless, 1st Lt. Howard unhesitatingly crawled through a hail of fire to retrieve his wounded leader. As 1st Lt. Howard was administering first aid and removing the officer’s equipment, an enemy bullet struck 1 of the ammunition pouches on the lieutenant’s belt, detonating several magazines of ammunition. 1st Lt. Howard momentarily sought cover and then realizing that he must rejoin the platoon, which had been disorganized by the enemy attack, he again began dragging the seriously wounded officer toward the platoon area. Through his outstanding example of indomitable courage and bravery, 1st Lt. Howard was able to rally the platoon into an organized defense force. With complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Howard crawled from position to position, administering first aid to the wounded, giving encouragement to the defenders and directing their fire on the encircling enemy. For 31⁄2 hours 1st Lt. Howard’s small force and supporting aircraft successfully repulsed enemy attacks and finally were in sufficient control to permit the landing of rescue helicopters. 1st Lt. Howard personally supervised the loading of his men and did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely. 1st Lt. Howard’s gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Col. Robert Howard died on Dec 23,2009 of pancreatic cancer in Waco, Texas.
|The pentagon recently found it had too many generals and offered an early retirement bonus. They promised any general who retired right away, his full annual benefits PLUS $10,000 for every inch measured in a straight line along the retiring general’s body between two points he chose.
The first general accepted. He asked the pension man to measure from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. 6 feet. He walked out with a check for $720,000.
The second general asked them to measure from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. 8 feet. He walked out with a check for $960,000.
Meantime, the first general had tipped off the third. When he was asked where to measure, he told the pension man, “from the tip of my penis to the tip of my testicles.”
The pension man said that would be fine but he’d better get the Medical Officer to do the measuring. The Medical Officer attended and asked the general to drop ’em… he did… The Medical Officer placed the tape on the tip of the general’s penis and began to work back. “My God!”, he said, “where are your testicles?”
The general replied, “Back in Vietnam!”
Math teacher Jim O’Connor is former navy veteran who worked aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He is known as a strict teacher and refuses to baby his students at St. Francis High School near Los Angeles California. When his students learned where their math teacher spends his free time outside of the classroom, their respect for him multiplied exponentially.
As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets the students of St. Francis High School near Los Angeles who thought they knew everything about their math teacher, Jim O’Connor. But what they found out at a local hospital taught them a life lesson.
Jeremiah Denton Jr., a Navy Captain and also a former US Senator, spent almost 8 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Denton is best known for the 1966 televised press conference that he was forced into as an American POW by his North Vietnamese captors. He used the opportunity to communicate successfully and to confirm for the first time to the U.S. Military that American POWs were being tortured in North Vietnam. He repeatedly blinked his eyes in Morse Code during the interview, spelling out the word, “T-O-R-T-U-R-E”
What an amazing hero!
Hey Barry! These guys stormed Normandy, fought the Nazis, participated in The Battle of Inchon, looked the Viet Cong right in the eyes and toppled Saddam. Do you think they’re afraid of a few rent-a-cops?
A must read open letter from a Vietnam Veteran to Barack Hussein Obama that explains why his unclear strategy concerning an attack on Syria is so incredibly dangerous!
Pass it on.
Mr. Barack Obama
The White House Washington, D.C.
While watching the news recently (there is only ONE channel that actually broadcasts “news” so you most likely missed it) there was much discussion about your all too familiar inability to make a decision that would actually benefit this country in addressing the escalating disaster in the Middle East. I felt it my patriotic duty to try to help you sort through this mess that you have single handedly created.
Please keep in mind that I am trying hard not to be overly critical of your performance in dealing with what is fast becoming a second holocaust but am simply trying to help. It would be totally inappropriate for me to be critical of someone who is so uniquely unqualified, ill equipped and massively conflicted as to what to do. So let me offer some professional advice.
Unlike yourself and your academic cronies, anarchist criminals (i.e. Bill Ayers) and your America hating Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright that you surround yourself with, I have actually lived in the Middle East for a number of years (i.e. Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. etc.). I was close to the throne when Mr. Jimmy Carter threw the Shah of Iran under the bus and you are following closely in his footsteps but with far more dangerous and far reaching consequences.
Your personal background has been enriched by your early association with the Muslim faith. This is true for myself as well. But our life experiences are drastically different. The vast majority of the American population, especially you and your cronies, have absolutely no understanding of the Muslim culture of the Middle East which is significantly different from the Muslim culture of the Asian sub-continent and the world at large.
It is hard for tech-savvy Americans to envision a culture in which as much as ninety-eight percent (98%) of the population can neither read nor write and whose sole source of anything resembling information is fed to them five times a day by people whose sole motivation is POWER; a trait that would appear to have rubbed off on you.
I experienced the revolution in Iran from the very first anti-Shah demonstration up to and including the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini; I was quite possibly the only American in the airport when the Ayatollah deplaned in Tehran.
As the Iranian revolution picked up momentum, I saw good hearted Muslims who had been educated in this country slowly turn into “supporters” of the Ayatollah; not out of religious fervor but because of FEAR.
People instinctively fear raw violence but they fear political and economic retribution even more so; not unlike a significant portion of our American society does since your regime came into power.
Your regime has consistently backed the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies; both overtly with billions of tax payer dollars given in the name of “humanitarian aid” and many say covertly through the redirection of arms and ammunition out of Iraq. And as a result, the entire Middle East is in flames and a second holocaust is in progress. America cannot be far behind – which I am reasonably sure brings much joy to you and your cronies.
As you stand there on the golf course vacillating as to what to do, let me try to explain the situation in the simplest possible terms: The Muslim Brotherhood are the BAD GUYS and everyone else COULD be our friends.
There has been much said about the “Democratically Elected Government” that was set aside by the Egyptian military. Democratically Elected? CRAP! There can be no “free elections” when members of the Muslim Brotherhood man the polls and voter intimidation and massive voter fraud are the rule of the day. There was a time when Klansmen (KKK) hovering about election polls intimidating voters was considered illegal but now under your regime it is evidently just fine for the Black Panthers to do the same thing so perhaps you see nothing amiss when the Muslim Brotherhood follows your lead.
What we are facing is an irreconcilable difference in fundamental religious philosophy. In the simplest of terms, which may yet be a stretch for your massive lack of intellect, let me condense the opposing views:
Jesus said: “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mohamed said: “Do as I say or I will butcher you and your whole damned family.”
I realize that you may be confused about this term “Democratic” given that you belong to a “Democratic” party that is in actuality simply the American Communist / Socialist Party. Ever since the creation of the “German Democratic Republic” (aka: East Germany) in 1949 the Communist/Socialists have been fond of wrapping themselves in “Democratic” labels.
But there is a much larger issue here that cannot be cleverly obfuscated via skilled word-smithing; a uniquely American issue: FREEDOM!
I realize that you and your cronies find the concept of “freedom of the individual” most bothersome as is evidenced by you massive effort to stamp it out. But it is “freedom of the individual” that united a highly disparate and geographically dispersed people to stand together and “….with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, (we) mutually pledge to each other (our) their Lives, (our) their Fortunes and (our) their sacred Honor.”
The need for Freedom burns deep in the heart of every human on the face of the earth. Your free cell phones, food stamps, and Section Eight housing may entice your people back onto the plantation in abject slavery but history has shown that even the best kept slaves in our country’s past willingly risked their lives to escape their shackles.
Support for the Muslim Brotherhood in any manner should be considered a crime against humanity.
Your policy with respect to the Middle East should be quite obvious:
Hunt down the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood and remove them from the face of the earth.
Your legacy is being created daily and should you not change your course, your legacy will, without a doubt, rival that of Adolph Hitler for the pain and suffering you have delivered to freedom loving people all over the world; especially to We The People of this once free nation.
Sit back, sip your coffee and enjoy the music as you learn how to make Vietnamese coffee.
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Everyone agrees that Vietnamese coffee is pretty darn good. And though the amount of sugar, caffeine, and the process don’t lend to it being your go to coffee option, it’s a nice thing to have on a Sunday afternoon.
This video provides an overview of the techniques and ingredients to make a solid cup of coffee – vietnam style.
This is what a real American looks and sounds like.
Enjoy and pass it on!
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam.
On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction, but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and anti-aircraft fire.
Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters under withering small arms fire to the crippled team.
Prior to reaching the team’s position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head. Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members. He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team’s position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the enemy’s fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified documents on the dead team leader.
When he reached the leader’s body, Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment, the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed. Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds, Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire, he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy’s fire and so permit another extraction attempt.
He was wounded again in his thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land. His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from behind by an enemy soldier. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, he sustained additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in the remaining wounded.
Only then, in extremely serious condition from numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez’ gallant choice to join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.