“Don’t Forget – YOUR PARTNER – SHANE”

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Tom Aldrich with his partner…  “WAR DOG SHANE”

 serving in Korea 1964-1965  – – Dog Platoon – – K-9 Corp

When “MEMORIAL DAY”  rolls around each year **** there is one “HERO” that I’m betting we almost all forget about!

Each and every WAR *****  required the services of well-trained DOGS – – – when it comes to having a totally unsafe  situation – –  – –  you first round up the best qualified and trained person – – that person is your “PARTNER DOG” – – especially since they  have their “five senses” working a hundred times better than us humans.  REMEMBER ****  your “SERVICE DOG” is in the best of health – they do not drink alcohol and they do not smoke – – they are so well-trained they are ready to WORK – – 24/7 – – and they can do what  we are  thinking – – will kill us – but the  SERVICE DOG  – – not knowing that this particular “JOB” – – just could require their LIFE!

Adopting a military working dog

It’s important to realize that these animals are unlike those you might have in your home or find in your local shelter. Not every retired MWD makes a great addition to the family. They’re highly trained – often for lethal purposes – and traits that are desirable in a military canine might make them unsuitable as a family pet. While fiercely loyal, they are often independent-minded and have different triggers, or trained responses, to various verbal or physical commands. In many cases, these dogs are not recommended for families with small children or other pets; some are deemed unsuitable for adoption for a variety of reasons, including extreme aggression.

Because of their unique temperaments and training, the military does not surrender these animals to shelters, rescues or sanctuaries for placement. All military working dog adoptions are handled through Joint Base San Antonio at Lackland, home of the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Adoption Program. Through a careful process of evaluation and selection, experienced military personnel place an estimated 300 “excessed” MWDs each year.

If a dog is still serviceable upon its disposition – or official retirement – from the military, adoption priority is given to civilian law enforcement. For dogs who are no longer able to serve, handlers get priority and then the general public.

Until recently, it was legal and common practice to abandon or put down military working dogs, known as MWDs, at the end of their useful service. Historically viewed as “surplus equipment,” they weren’t seen as having value beyond the military purpose for which they were trained. That mindset has changed dramatically, due in no small part to the public’s growing awareness of how these animals were treated after years of dutiful service. But it was one military war dog in particular – a dog named Robby – whose own fate changed that of other MWDs to come.Robby’s Law (H.R.5314) was signed by President Bill Clinton in November 2000 and required that all MWDs suitable for adoption be available for placement after their service. Unfortunately it was too late to save Robby, whose former handler fought valiantly to adopt him, to no avail.

At the TIME that  TOM ALDRICH left the SERVICE – he was unable to adopt his  DOG and PARTNER SHANE!



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“AT three o’clock this after-noon – – – say a PRAYER – – –  REMEMBER and give THANKS – – to all of our VETERANS ***** Which WAR …. was to be the last – – – and when will we learn  to settle our differences – – WITH OUT a WAR *****



Video thumbnail: National Memorial Day Concert The End of WWII: Stories of Courage

The End of WWII: Stories of Courage

Memorial Day ***** A Day to remember – – where we were – – – and where are we going???

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“REMEMBER   *****   those who sacrificed their *****  all ***** for our  FREEDOM ***** TODAY”




You can watch the video here >> http://lp.hillsdale.edu/memorial-day/

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Courtesy of “Sorensen FAMILY”

“Here is a “THANK YOU VETERANS”   in the art work of  a young man from Iowa!”

                AWESOME Work, RAY…Thank you!


May  the Almighty Yahweh bless all of our Veterans!  D.V.



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“Memorial Day – 2016”





I wanted to get this out before Memorial Day so it can be passed around. It is emotional to watch. But it is a very moving video.

This one is special.

Please put aside the day’s clutter, take a moment… Absolutely one of the best tributes to our military that I’ve ever seen.

Simply awesome… After you click on Mansions; do not click on anything else. It will start playing by itself. Sound UP! Full Screen!

                                           Thank you to all the vets.



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“Cuccione’ s winning cake…”

“Suzanne Cuccione” says… her specialty is desserts.


The above  is from the  – – “November 17, 1991, Southwest County Sunday  Home Journal, – Page 1B” – – — “Family Favorites Recipe Contest” —-

“Suzanne Cuccione” 31 -year-old  Oakville, Missouri resident – – took top honors – – receiving the BLUE RIBBON Award and  $50.00 first place – – in the annual cooking competition and  the winning recipe was the “Family Favorite – –  – “Fresh Apple Cake – – – with  Cinnamon Butter” – – this is a recipe that she modified – – and in checking the ingredients and how she prepared this – – I feel that I will be trying this version  – – of the “RAW APPLE CAKE”  – – just as soon as is possible  – – since  – – what she has changed – – I can already tell this would be a favorite at our home – –  – – and everyone  – – that likes apples in a cake recipe – –  should give it a  try, too – – –  and see if you  – – like this update.

There is a recipe that I was looking for – –  the “Quick Cornstarch Pudding” that is made in a very short amount of time using  the Microwave – –  – such a QUICK and easy way to have good PUDDING – – and you can so easily make it – –  chocolate and or  coco-nut  – or what ever your favorite  may be.

The copy of this recipe – – that – –  I am looking  for – –  is somewhere amongst so many cook-books and  millions of loose copies of recipes and cut-outs from newspapers and such – – – –  a collection – – that has been collected  for at least the last sixty (60) or more years.  

Collecting of recipes – – started with my MOM and  her sister, my AUNT Irene Brady Riley – – – and since I also have my MOM’s cook-book from HIGH SCHOOL – –  – my collection of recipes – – some  of which – – could be as old as  seventy (70) years old – –  –  but like collectors of stuff – –  I knew that – –  I had the “Cuccione  Recipe” – – but since – –  I was not looking for it – – never dreamed  – –  that I would find it – – –  usually I do not find that which – —  I am looking for  – – exactly and  when I want  too – – – but someday  – – it will just find “a way”  to my hands – – and then I will have to  THANK – – the ALMIGHTY – – for sending it to a place – to where if can be found  – by me!

Since this  – – is a  HOLIDAY  weekend – – with extra days to be with FAMILY and FRIENDS – – let us all – – get into the “COOKING UP SOMETHING – –  GOOD”   – –  to share with those we  LOVE!

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