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candb559
June 3, 2010, 12:24pm Report to Moderator

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Just saw this in the local paper.. in case anyone wants to be there

COVINGTON — A welcome home celebration for soldiers with Company B 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade is scheduled for Sunday afternoon on the Square in downtown Covington.

The soldiers, based at the Covington National Guard Armory, returned home in March but Sunday’s event will be the first time the community at large has the opportunity to extend thanks for their service in Afghanistan.

Soldiers will march from the armory to the Square at 1 p.m. and the public is encouraged to line the route and cheer for their hometown heroes.

At 1:15 p.m., a ceremony will be held on the Square and will include the presentation of colors by the Newton High School JROTC; speeches from military dignitaries and government representatives; and the singing of the National Anthem by Jackie Smith.

Prior to the parade, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, soldiers will be treated to a brunch courtesy of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Donations of fruit, sausage balls, finger sandwiches and other food items are still being accepted. For more information, call Al Fernety at 770-922-7224 or 404-509-3183.

The troops and their families will also be treated to lunch on Saturday hosted by American Legion Post 32.


Riding in honor and in memory of Sgt Robert W. Hamlin   U.S. Army  Viet Nam 5 Feb 1969
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Lisajan
June 3, 2010, 2:22pm Report to Moderator

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Cindy and Barry...
Papa Joe really wanted to there for this homecoming...Not sure what to do....I personally don't want to go without him...


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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Lisajan
June 3, 2010, 6:19pm Report to Moderator

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The PICC line and IVC filter went well yesterday.

Today a PT & a OT evaluated & worked with Joe. They both have recommended Joe transfer to an inpatient rehab facility. We are looking to transfer tomorrow to the Emory rehab facility across the street. We do not know for how long he will be in the facility yet. Our family agrees that inpt rehab will benefit Joe greatly. Joe agrees as well. It should strengthen his right side and over all help give him back some independence.

I received training today on how to administer the insulin Joe will have to have because of the higher dosage of steroid.

The entire physician team will meet next Tuesday and discuss Joe. They will contact me either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning with their evaluation and recommendation.

From pearl...


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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candb559
June 3, 2010, 6:52pm Report to Moderator

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LJ I understand. Just wanted to put this out there to let folks know. I know how much Joe was involved with them.


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victoryrider
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Just wanted to say good morning to you and Ms. Carol; sending prayers their way!
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Rambone
June 4, 2010, 7:27am Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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My thoughts and prayers all always with you Joe.





An American Soldier is someone who, at some point in their life, wrote out a check, payable"to the United States of America" for the sum total of up to and including my life." We as citizens of those same United States owe them no less than unconditional support.


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Moonshine
June 5, 2010, 12:36pm Report to Moderator

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I think I am going to go tomorrow-we all want PaPa Joe there but if he can't be then I want to be there for him.


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
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TMT
June 5, 2010, 6:11pm Report to Moderator

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Papa Joe , You would have really appreciated the welcome home today in Lawrenceville.  I was shaking hands with the soldiers who have been home for a while and I shook this guy Maddox's hand and then I realized it was Matt Maddox.  I said hey wait a minute didn't I do a welcome home for you and he said yes and I said well give me a hug you Turkey and he gave me a big ole hug.  

I am really kicking around the idea of going to Covington tomorrow and standing along the parade route.


There is not enough room here to list all my blessings so I will just say I work hard and play hard.  Life has been very good to me and I have many people I would like to call friend.  I would like nothing better than to be able to walk up to you as a friend with a smile and say great to see you.

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Moonshine
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Today in Lawrenceville was awesome! I bet we hugged 50 Soldiers. It was so nice to see them and to see all of the people in town come out. I got to meet a Veteran from the Korean War-his four older brothers all served in WWII. Great day!


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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Moonshine
June 5, 2010, 8:56pm Report to Moderator

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Welcome Home Alpha Company-1-121st!!





Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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Calamity
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you've made Papa Joe proud!!!


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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Bobby
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Quoted from TMT
Papa Joe , You would have really appreciated the welcome home today in Lawrenceville.  I was shaking hands with the soldiers who have been home for a while and I shook this guy Maddox's hand and then I realized it was Matt Maddox.  I said hey wait a minute didn't I do a welcome home for you and he said yes and I said well give me a hug you Turkey and he gave me a big ole hug.  

I am really kicking around the idea of going to Covington tomorrow and standing along the parade route.


TMT, you made the Atlanta paper today!

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/metro/gwinnett/alpha-company-returns/


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

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Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

"The will of God will never take you
where the Grace of God will not protect you."
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Bobby
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May also take a ride over to Covington to greet the men and women from Bravo Co., current conditions permitting.  I know they've been home for a few months, but this is their official welcome home celebration, so that would be cool to say welcome home and thanks for a job well done.  


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

Proud parents of
Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

Riding in honor of my dad,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
WWII Vet

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bluesmanNEPA
June 6, 2010, 5:22am Report to Moderator

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I am sure that you will all hear that Papa Joe is proud of you all, (when he gets word and responds) for doing what he would have, if'n they'd let him out!
It's a wet Sunday morning in NEPA...I'm thinking about the welcome home down there today, and hope it doesn't rain on your parade!

Glad to hear that Papa Joe is going to get some therapy! gotta get it all movin!


"...'til the last fallen hero rests in peace...."
             Charlie Daniels

in memory...William "Stretch" Smaltz 11/28/39 - 4/18/08
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Lisajan
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Papa Joe really wanted to be at the welcome home...I encourage everybody and anybody who wants to be there to go...Bravo Co would appreciate it and so would Papa Joe...


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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