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(08). Top of the Washington Monument with a Fountain from the WW II memorial in the foreground.Hope you like it and the others in my Washington D.C.Trip Gallery.
This is a photo of my  friend Frank Garcia Jr. on the left and his squad leader and friend Chuck on the right. I add this photo out of my great respect for those warriors that have served in combat.  This picture was probably taken in July of 1967 at the hamlet of Gia Le, South Vietnam a few miles south of Hue.      It was early Friday evening, August 4th, 1967 and before Frank, four other marines and three PFs could set up their own ambush, they came under fire. Most of their newly issued M16s jammed and turned a defendable situation into a desperate firefight.  The PFs acted cowardly and ran away.  Frank’s squad leader Chuck and two other Marines were severely wounded.      Like thousands of good warriors that died that year, Frank did not come home alive. He bled to death right there that evening so long ago. (16 deg. 25' 18.33" North -- 107 deg. 39' 05.15"  East) Over forty years have passed. Frank’s squad leader still won't talk about what happened to them that evening. Most heroes are like that.     I honor Frank’s memory and am thankful for the small part of his life that I knew him and was able to call him my friend.  To those of you that served and came home whole, wounded or broken in spirit, you have my deepest respect. May we never forget that over forty years ago a bunch of young  kids were sent off to war and some of them never came home. (rickrick1946@hotmail.com)
An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
B-52 Stratofortress "Buff" shortly after takeoff from Ellington Field, Texas
F-22A Raptor
F-16A, F-15C and F-15E flying during Desert Storm.
080727-N-4236E-131 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jul. 27, 2008) A 5" MK45 Mod 2 Light Weight Gun participates in a live fire exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). Vella Gulf is participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise(JTFEX) 08-4 as a part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group(ESG). The Iwo Jima ESG is made up of Vella Gulf; the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17); the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); all homeported at Norfolk, Va.; the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), homeported at Mayport, Fla.; and the fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768), homeported at Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad R. Erdmann (Released)
The Vietnam Wall Experience is a traveling, 3/4-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Blue Angels crossing shot from Sunday March 29, 2009 at the Gulf Coast Salute Air Show at Tyndall AFB in Florida.
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All four national jet teams pose for a photograph on Friday, June 13, 2008, prior to the start of the show. Included left to right are the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and the British Royal Air Force Red Arrows.
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 is reflected on the sun visor of a U.S. Navy pilot as he conducts in-flight refueling of his EA-6B Prowler over Afghanistan.
An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

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An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

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