For Which We Stand

United We Stand Stronger As Americans



This is a group dedicated to honoring our brave soldiers and veterans who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect freedom around the world. We can never repay that debt, but we can let them know how much they are appreciated.

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Thank you for your service and your sacrifice!

Corporal David K Mendoza -       US Army - Fort Riley, Kansas
1st ID - 4IBCT Dragon Brigade - 4BSTB -Wolverines
Deployed to Iraq - September 2009 - July 2010
Staged to deploy to Afghanistan - sometime early 2012
(stepson of Scott Johnson)

 SGT David William Wallace, KIA Jan. 27th 09, Hemand province Afghanistan, (Erica Belcher's husband's best friend)

SSGT Joe Belcher , USMC, (Husband of Erica Belcher)

LCPL Kyle Patrick McDermott, USMC, Afghanistan, son of Father Pat

TSGT Uvin a. Clough Jr., USAF, R, member

LCpl. Dennis L.McKenzie, II, U.S.M.C., Iraq, Camp LeJeune, NC, Son of Sheryll Sanderson

Cpl. William A. McKenzie , U.S.M.C., Iraq, Camp LeJeune, Son of Sheryll Sanderson

PFC Kiel Kovalcik, USMC, Camp Pendleton, Son of Debbie

CPL. Bachner, Micah J., Fort Bragg, NC. , friend of Sharon F.

2ND LT Sharon Hyland, USMC, Friend of Chuck Gatto

SGT Ian W. Keyser, US Army, Friend of Chuck Gatto

SSGT Myrtle Grace Greer,Army Military Police, Iraq Vet/Afghanistan, Friend and Member

PFC Carl J. Sandstrom III , Iraq - Army combat engineer, Son of PJ Sandstrom

Dustin Jones, Army, formerly in Afghanistan, Stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, Cousin of MannaBraeBullm

PVT Jonathan A. Clark, Basic Training, Fort Sill, OK , Son of Pennsylvania Patriot

CPL Clarke R. Lewis, Army, Iraq/Afghanistan, Nephew of Otis Stratton

Lt. Jared M. Morgenstern, Army, Afghanistan, Son of Patricia (PA)

Sgt. James W. Kresge, Army, Iraq, Surrogate Son of Patricia (PA)

Michael McClendon, USMC, Paris Island, SC, nephew of Emery McClendon

SPC Laura Carnahan, Army, Iraq, Niece of Donna )

David A. Gessel, IL National Guard, Paris Island, son of Gary M. Gessel

 Lawrence J. Hutson, USAF, brother of Chaplain J.

Stacy L. Hutson, Army, Iraq, brother of Chaplain J.

Sgt. James C. Morgan, Army Ranger, Afghanistan, member and friend

ABN Veteran
Baker, Robert E.

Benoist, John Pierre


Brunswick  US Navy, 1961-5. Electronic Technician (Radar) Petty Officer 3rd.

on USS Barney (DDG-6) scrapped. At sea, 2 yrs, 9 mos, 24 days, Cuban Crises, visited 17 countries. Civil Defense, 3 yrs, Radiological & Operations Officer

1sgt Bud Parker Ret. US Army

Captain Calvin
Carl B.

Carpanzano, JD
Carson, Barry 
USAF '63/'66
Chaplain J.
Colwell, MSgt Michael J USAF (retired) 1969-2005

Cone, Mick

Crenshaw, Cindy

David C. Morgan
Dennis AKA Quickdraw
Dennis Tex
Downey,  David

Drayer, Tom

Eastes, Michael

Ford, Danny

Freedom Fighter
Gabbard, Conrad C.

Gatehouse, Gary 
 (Gettin' After Lefty)
Gatto, Chuck

Geremia, Michael
Gessel, Gary M.

Gregory Jr, Milton F.

Gray, Willis T. Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.)

Griffin, James D.
Halpern, Richard

Hammonds, Lewis H.
Haynes, Arthur L.

Hays, Paul A.
Hughes, Thomas W.
James R. (Jim Boy)
John Sr.

Jorgensen,  Christian  VN Vet First Calv.
Keel, Jack
Kent, Bishop Richard A.

Klingensmith, Stephen W.

Kutney, Heidi

Larkin, Ruth
Lester, Robert

Lewis, Ben D. 

Links, William
Mahaffy, John
Max T

McClendon, Emery

MC CORMACK,  JIM   Korean War vet (Navy Air )

Mei, Lisa
Momma T.
Morgan, David C.

Morgan, James
Odom, Luther

Paul A. Hays
Paul D. Peterson
Phillips, Stanley
Rev. David Felten
Rev. Michelle A. Smith
Rev. Mike Written
Robinson, Jim

Russell Van Marter, Kim
Shipes, Norman


Snell, Robert S. 
Sommerfeld, Michael

Stein,  Jerry A.   (aka VNVet52 Oath Keeper)

Stewart, Thom
Stingray SFO (Oath Keeper); USN Special Warfare Ops, Guantanamo Missle Crisis, 1960-1962
Stratton, Otis

Striped Chicken
Tapscott,  David     (aka "Jarhead")

Taylor, James W.
Tragula, Trin

Tucker, Bill
Umbenhower, Elder Brian J.  Vn Vet US Navy

Vegas Trucker

Wilder,  Jim  (aka "Soaring Eagle") VNVet 1967-'69

Winkler,  Robert    (aka Sailor)


Alfonso, Benjamin F. (husband of Penny)  U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis under JFK.

  Bailey, Christopher Banning  (son of Nan Bailey)

Petty Officer First Class,  Machinist Mate

 Bailey, Richard Matthew (son of Nan Bailey)

Petty Officer First Class,  Machinist Mate

 Carson, Barry  Jr. USN '03/'07  (Son of Barry Carson)
Sommerfeld,Charles N.  (Michael Sommerfeld's dad) Commander, United States Navy WWII
PFC Julian Skora, Army WW II, (Father of Susan Vinyei)
SPC Kevin P Duffy, Iraq,  (Son of Tammy)
SMSGT Robert Lester (Ret) Air Force (Husband of Barbara Lester)
SGT. James Hodgkiss, B-5-7 Calvary, Iraq, May he rest in peace.
Herman DeKraker, Army, WWII, (Grandfather of  Andrew Williams)
Keith Needham, SPC, Army Service Metal, (Brother-in-Law of Andrew Willams)
Kurt Sandstrom , USAF, Desert Storm, Iraq, (Son of PJ Sandstrom)
Erik Sandstrom , SGT, US Army 1st Strikers, Iraq, (Son of PJ Sandstrom)
Frank L. Metairie, Master SGT, WWII, (Father of The Mayor of Metairie)
Mildred Mann, Army Nurse, WWII, 95 yrs young, (Mother-in-law of The Mayor of Metairie)
Otis S. Goin, Sr.,CW5 Army WWII, Philippines, Ft. Bliss, TX postwar, (Grandfather of Otis Stratton)
Donald Stratton, SFC, USS Arizona, WWII, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
H. Dwayne Stratton,Ssgt, Ft. Hood, TX/Ft. Sill/Ft. Carson, (Father of Otis Stratton)
Raymon E. Carter, SGT/MP/Rangers, Army, Vietnam, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Edwin H. Henson, Navy Seal, Vietnam, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Robert W. Goin, SPC, Army, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Otis S. Goin, Jr. SPC5, Army, Vietnam, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Wayne R. Stratton, SGT, Ft. Hood, (Brother of Otis Stratton)
Chris J. King, Jr. CPL, WWII, CPL, Okinawa , (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
William O. Stratton, SPC, Army, AL, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Floyd O. Stratton, USAF, NM, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Joseph Stratton, PVT, CSA, INF, 29th NC, Great, (great great gf of Otis Stratton)
David C. Stratton, PVT, CSA, Powhatten/Virginia Artillery (great great gf of Otis Stratton)
Leonidas McQueen, 11th MO, INF COL CSA, Great, (great gf of Otis Stratton)
William Alexander McQueen, Palmetto Artillerty, Southern Cross of Honor, Gettysburg, Great, (great, great grandfather of Otis Stratton)
Seaman Collins, CSA, 1 of few survivors aboard CSS HL Hunley, (Uncle of Otis Stratton)
Alfred J. Colassi, COR, USMC, Korea, (Father of Donna Marie Pearson)
William Kenney, SGT, Army, (Uncle of Donna Marie Pearson)
Arnold R Lineman , Vietnam, (Brother of Sandra J.)
James R Jones Jr., (Husband of Sandra J.)
Roger Muntz, Naval Chief Petty Officer , (Uncle of Sandra J.)
Ronald Salazar, AF Staff Sergent , (Son of Sandra J.)
John W Painter, FSGT,US Calvery, Ft Robbinson NE, (Grandfather of Gayle) Charles Painter , PVT, Army, WWII, (Uncle of Gayle)
Lloyd Painter , CSM, Army Intelligence, WWII, Korea,Vietnam, (Uncle of Gayle)
Ray M Painter, CMSGT, USAF, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, (Father of Gayle)

Robert L Sutter, PVT, Army, WWII, (Father-In-Law of Gayle)
Steven R Sutter, Vietnam, AFC, USAF, (Husband of Gayle)

Joseph W. Wright, E-5, Coast Guard, Haitian Interception, (Husband of Roxanne Wright)
Larry N. Truax, PVT, Army, Vietnam, (Father of Roxanne Wright)
Norman W. Truax, PVT, Army,WWII,European Stage, (GF of Roxanne Wright)
Lyle Brainerd, PVT, Army, Signal Corps, WWII, Okinawa, K.I.A. (GG Uncle of Roxanne Wright)
Stephen Lee McNutt, 3rd , Army Infantry Civil War, (GG father of Roxanne Wright)
Henry Clay Mongar, Army, Infantry Civil War, 3rd (GG father of Roxanne Wright)
Elisha Brainerd, Revolutionary War, 6th (Great Grandfather of Roxanne Wright)

Family of Sitngray SFO:

Lucille Alderson, Lt. USN Medical Corp. WWII Europe (aunt)
Manly Alderson Jr., Sgt. US Army Engineers WWII Panama Canal (uncle)
Andrew Los, PFC USMC Afghanistan (grandson)
James Smith, USN Atlantic Fleet (grandson)
Deceased Veterans:
Monte Denning Sr., Sgt, LAPD military liason WWII (grandfather)
Monte Denning Jr., US Army Missle Defense Engineer WWII (father)
Manly Alderson Sr., Major US Army, WWII Europe (grandfather)
Peter Los, EM3, USS Arkansas, Japan WWII (step father)

If their is anyone you would like added to the honor wall

please contact me with the name and information............................jolee



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Comment by Barry 'Bigbare' Carson on February 1, 2012 at 9:06pm
Comment by Carl B on December 30, 2011 at 10:04am

aha!  That's cool...I've often thought about how to surrepticiously gather informal feedback from the troops regarding their apologizer-in-chief...that's a good start!  Thanks!

Comment by Carl B on December 29, 2011 at 12:09pm

SIncere congratulations...sure he's aware of your "war" on the homefront!

Comment by Stanley Phillips on July 16, 2011 at 9:06am
PJ, This Vietnam Veteran thanks your son for his service.
Comment by PJ (mod) on July 16, 2011 at 8:08am
I would like to thank all the members of this group and this site for their thoughts and prayers for the men and women who are serving and have served this country.  I am happy to report that my youngest son, Carl Sandstrom, is now home after doing his hitch which included a year in Iraq.  For the most part he is doing well, and I am glad that he is back in the states.  I will continue to hold all of our service men and women in my heart and prayers.  Their sacrifices are beyond what most folks in this country realize in order to keep our country free.  Thank you again for your support....PJ
Comment by Susan G Monaco on April 5, 2011 at 2:14pm
My father was in the Marine Corps for 30 years.  For the Marines (active and former) I am proud to say that he was a "China Marine" and served in Korea(Chosin Reservoir)recruited in Philadephia for 7 years and later in life after he retired he participated in the Mentoring Program at MCRD San Diego.  He passed away almost 3 years ago and I miss him today.  However, I will never miss a chance to remember him and his service to our country.  He loved the Corps and I remember watching him as a little girl spit polish his shoes and shine those  golden buttons on his dress blues, whistling all the while.  One day when I figure out how to get a picture from my Iphoto to this site I would like to put a picture of him taken on June 15, 1959 at Valley Forge in his dress blues holding  our beloved flag.  God bless all of the service men and women who give their time and life  so that I can say "God Bless this great country of Ours."
Comment by treasuretrovesonline on April 4, 2011 at 11:43am
I would just like to Thank all of our troops. Past and present! With out you and your families service to this country, we would not be the country that we are today. God Bless Our Troops! God Bless America!
Comment by Barry 'Bigbare' Carson on November 27, 2010 at 8:19am
Army/Navy Basketball Game Halftime Show

The Firecrackers are a performance jump rope team

made up of talented 4th-8th graders from the

Kings Local School District in Ohio.

army-navy, kings_firecrackers,
Comment by Barry 'Bigbare' Carson on November 11, 2010 at 10:29pm
Thank You Veterans

by Gregory Conterio
Modern Conservative/AnyStreet

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day

Ninety-two years ago today, at 11:00AM,
the guns finally fell silent.
For five years, The Great War had raged in all its bitter,
bloody conflict, right up until the very last minute before
the armistice went into effect.
Seven months later, the Treaty of Versailles officially
brought an end to what was heralded as the War to
End All Wars.

In retrospect, it was but a pause to catch breath.
It is perhaps ironic that America played such a great
part in finally ending the war, seeing as we took so
little part in it. Finally arriving on the Battlefield in
May of 1918, the United States still suffered just over
116,700 casualties for just seven months of fighting.

One year after hostilities finally ended, President Wilson
proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of
Armistice Day, marking the heroism and sacrifice of our
soldiers, and the gratitude of the country for their sacrifice.
In June of 1926, the U.S. Congress officially recognized this
day with the following concurrent resolution:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation
of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war
in human annals and the resumption by the people of the
United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which
we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date
should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and
exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and
mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have
already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore
be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
that the President of the United States is requested to issue a
proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the
United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and
inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in
schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate
ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

In 1938, this resolution was transformed into an official holiday
an Act of Congress (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) and
Armistice Day became an official national holiday.
Yet shortly thereafter, America was forced into the greatest
military mobilization in our history as the Second World War
engulfed literally the entire globe.
After the conclusion of this, as well as the Korean Conflict,
the Act of 1938 was amended by replacing the word “Armistice”
with “Veterans” and in 1954, the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month
became the day on which America honors and remembers all its veterans,
of all conflicts.
No greater service can be offered than to defend our great country,
and no one is more deserving of our respect. While the men and women
who have given such service should never be long from our thoughts or
far from our hearts.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice!


Comment by Donna Marie Pearson on November 7, 2010 at 11:32am
With deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers Otis.

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of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation, under God
Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.


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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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