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Remembering James Robert Kalsu

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thank you for posting...

all gave some...some gave all...like Bob Kalsu and my grandfather who was killed in WW2 6 weeks before the end of the war; extricating the Germans from France...may they rest in peace and sleep forever in their graves knowing we care to remember them and their sacrifices

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This is what this day is all about.

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Thanks for posting this.   

 

Bob Kalsu is one of millions who died serving their country since 1770.   We honor all of them by preserving our freedom with kindness and compassion for all people. 

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RIP my friend, you are a hero in my eyes..

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I've always loved the little star under his name on the Wall. People should notice that and ask "why does he get one?" Hopefully the person they ask knows the reason.

 

Thanks Bob.

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If you have not read the piece in Sports Illustrated about him, I'd encourage you to do so- very moving feature. It's not to hard to find with some digging on Google. 

 

Here is how it ends:

 

"All who knew him remember him in different ways. The clan, as a family man. The football players, as a tough jock. Then there are those who knew Kalsu on that terrible hill. They have the most painful and poignant memories of him. Fotias has trouble talking about Kalsu, his voice soft and filled with sorrow. So does Renner. He walked over to Kalsu's body lying outside the bunker and peered into his motionless face. He would see that face for years. Now, however, "I can't see the face anymore," Renner says. "I can see his silhouette. I can't see a lot of their faces, only their silhouettes."

Renner is having trouble getting out the words. They come in a whisper. "I've thought of him every Memorial Day," he says. "In my heart, I pay homage to him. And Johnson. They are all very important." He closes his eyes and bows his head and quietly weeps."

Edited by SF Bills Fan
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And all the others who lost their life as well for nothing

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Posted (edited)
31 minutes ago, Helpmenow said:

And all the others who lost their life as well for nothing

Edited.

 

This thread isn’t about you. Go away. 
 

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Mr . Kalsu. You will never be forgotten. 

Edited by Sig1Hunter
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14 minutes ago, Sig1Hunter said:

Edited.

 

This thread isn’t about you. Go away. 
 

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Mr . Kalsu. You will never be forgotten. 

 

He's not wrong... my father came back from Vietnam a raging alcoholic and he turned his life around after marrying my mother.

 

Until you have someone in your family who actually was there who knows what it was like, I'd stay silent.

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1 hour ago, Helpmenow said:

And all the others who lost their life as well for nothing


Nothing?  Like my great Uncles in WW2 who gave their life not have us all speaking German.  My father and two Uncles served in Korea, and another who served in Vietnam.  They weren’t politicians.  They served for their country, and their brothers.  In medical device sales and Mgmt, I’ve been in VA’s and MTF’s (military treatment facilities basically hospitals on base) for decades and saw what these brave young men did for our country.  How dare you make a political statement today!  You sicken me and no I won’t reply but you should be ashamed of yourself.

 

On another day or on another site, make you’re political statements about politicians, not our brave men and women.  I’m sorry mods, but this sickens me.  Veterans should be honored, period.

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1 hour ago, EasternOHBillsFan said:

 

He's not wrong... my father came back from Vietnam a raging alcoholic and he turned his life around after marrying my mother.

 

Until you have someone in your family who actually was there who knows what it was like, I'd stay silent.

Post-war trauma and despondency are in themselves terrible ordeals with manifold destructive consequences. None of that precludes honoring those who served or the belief that their service was worthwhile. Telling folks to shut up if they haven't experienced those specific horrors is pretty much the opposite of the kind of freedom of thought and speech this country was founded to promote.

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3 hours ago, Helpmenow said:

And all the others who lost their life as well for nothing

 

This has no place on this thread.  Especially on Memorial Day.  Not a single person who gave their life for our country did so in vain. 

Edited by Distorted One
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4 hours ago, Helpmenow said:

And all the others who lost their life as well for nothing

You know, there's a place for you on the New York Times editorial board. Take your bile elsewhere.

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Back in 2000, I worked at a phone company in St Louis. I knew a guy named Patrick, who was the brother of Bob Kalsu's widow.

 

He was a Bills fan because of Bob, and a huge Sooners fan. He had some cool football pics of Bob at OU.

 

Not much good to say about my time at that phone company, but it was cool knowing Patrick.

 

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7 hours ago, EasternOHBillsFan said:

 

He's not wrong... my father came back from Vietnam a raging alcoholic and he turned his life around after marrying my mother.

 

Until you have someone in your family who actually was there who knows what it was like, I'd stay silent.

No, he’s wrong. It’s the most wrong thing I’ve ever read on this board. Your father and his alcoholism has nothing to do with that.

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RIP Bob Kalsu 

 

Thank you for your service to all of our Veterans.  

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Thank you for posting this. It should be easy to remember and hard to forget the bravery of the all the American men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom but in today’s world I’m afraid that maybe at times we get that ass backwards. Thank you for serving Mr Kalsu May you Rest In Peace. A true American hero.

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