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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:37 PM

2012 Veteran of the Year Award to...You won't believe it.

Many people may have forgotten about his time in the U.S. Army. He is the son of an Air Force General, and an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer, and he graduated from Pomona College with a B.S. degree, and then became a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University .

He joined the U.S. Army at the prompting of his father. After graduating from Officer Candidate School he attended and graduated from both Army Airborne and Ranger training in the very top of each class. He was selected for U. S. Army Special Forces Training but refused so that he could attend pilot training where he earned his wings, and became an accomplished U.S. Army helicopter (gun ship) pilot, and achieved the rank of Captain.

He was about to be promoted to the rank of Major, and appointed to teach at West Point when he resigned his commission from the Army to go into music and acting. You can tell in this video that his time in the military means a lot to him. I won't give away who it is. You should just watch.

I bet you will be surprised!
Also by the veteran of the U.S. Air Force who introduces him.


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Reply 2012 Veteran of the Year Award to...You won't believe it. (Original post)
trof Oct 2012 OP
SleeplessinSoCal Oct 2012 #1
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #2
hifiguy Oct 2012 #5
trof Oct 2012 #7
Sekhmets Daughter Oct 2012 #9
grantcart Oct 2012 #17
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #28
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #3
DollarBillHines Oct 2012 #22
n2doc Oct 2012 #4
HiPointDem Oct 2012 #6
thelordofhell Oct 2012 #8
Lucinda Oct 2012 #10
life long demo Oct 2012 #11
libdem4life Oct 2012 #12
GardeningGal Oct 2012 #13
Scuba Oct 2012 #14
yends21012 Oct 2012 #15
mainstreetonce Oct 2012 #16
stillcool Oct 2012 #18
porphyrian Oct 2012 #19
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #20
USMCMustang Oct 2012 #21
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #23
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #27
jmowreader Oct 2012 #31
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #33
whistler162 Oct 2012 #35
Iwillnevergiveup Oct 2012 #24
clydefrand Oct 2012 #25
Logical Oct 2012 #29
clydefrand Oct 2012 #36
Logical Oct 2012 #37
SaveAmerica Oct 2012 #26
Kurovski Oct 2012 #30
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #31
xchrom Oct 2012 #34
Hubert Flottz Oct 2012 #38

Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:45 PM

1. Thanks so much. I'm copying and sharing!

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:47 PM

2. He was my first guess....I missed Willie Nelson

Thanks for sharing the video...it was great.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:52 PM

5. Before I even saw the pic I knew it was (spoiler alert)

Kris Kristofferson just from the description.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:07 PM

7. Willie a USAF vet. Who knew?

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Response to trof (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:11 PM

9. Not me..

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Response to trof (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:39 PM

17. also a three sport athelete



Nelson attended Abbott High School where he was a halfback on the school football team, and also played basketball as a guard, and shortstop in baseball. He also raised pigs for the Future Farmers of America organization. While still at school he sang and played guitar in The Texans, a band formed by his sister's husband, Bud Fletcher. After leaving school in 1950 he joined the United States Air Force for eight to nine months, then worked as a disc jockey at local radio stations. He had short stints with KHBR in Hillsboro, Texas, and later with KBOP in Pleasanton, Texas. In 1952, he married Martha Matthews, and from 1954 to 1956 studied agriculture at Baylor University. Nelson joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, but dropped out to pursue a future in music. Meanwhile, he held jobs as a tree-trimmer, saddle-maker, as well as selling door-to-door bibles, vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias.

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Response to trof (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:56 PM

28. You honesty think he didn't get high?

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:49 PM

3. Wow! I had NO idea he had done all that.

This was a beautiful presentation........got a little choked up myself.

Thank you, my dear trof.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:24 PM

22. He's done a lot more, actually.

Kris is/was also a world-class mountain climber and an incredible natural athlete. The best skeet-shooter I have ever seen.

He is also an amazing horseman.

And on and on.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:51 PM

4. And I thought it was going to be Mitt

for his service in France

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:57 PM

6. son of a general. who was himself the son of a swedish officer. seems he's from a military family,

 

with all that father/grandfather/brother/cousin-thanking.

My search for a comprehensive bio on this elusive General continues, but I did receive an email from AFHSO Research today with some nuggets of info that I thought I would share. At some point in the past someone here suggested contacting Vicky Crone, Librarian, Bolling AFB who was or had assembled a bio. I was advised that Ms. Crone had left the organization and left no such document on the General. Here is what they had to say:

"His name was Henry C. Kristofferson. After WWII General Kristofferson left active duty in the Air Force for private life, however, he remained the USAF Reserves. During the Korean War, General Kristofferson was activated to take charge of air transportation on the west coast for the Military Air Transport Service, Pacific Division. During WWII he had been very instrumental in the smooth operation of the North African Division of the Air Transport Division. During the time he was activated for the Korean War he wrote a study on the Air Transport Service known as, The Kristofferson Report."

Another source (Pomona College Magazine Online, Winter 2004), based on an interview of the General's son, Kris Kristofferson, in which he states that his father's name was, 'Henry Kristoffer Kristofferson who became a commercial pilot and then an airline pilot after retiring from the Air Force as a Major General. They moved several times before settling in the upscale Northern California community of San Mateo.'

Online I also found a few more tidbits of the General. 'Lars Henry Kristoffer Kristofferson was born August 16, 1905, Tacoma, WA. He died in Fallbrook, CA. He did not give his children middle names because he disliked having such a long name. The General was married to Mary Ann Ashbrook of Columbus Barracks, OH. They had three children, Kris, Karen and Kraig'.

http://forum.armyairforces.com/General-Kristofferson-m92246.aspx

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:07 PM

8. He was also named Veteran Of The Year in 2003

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:15 PM

10. Long time KK fan here. Nice surprise!

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:18 PM

11. Thank you so much for sharing this video

I've put it on my FB. It's beautiful.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:31 PM

12. Congratulations. This is what makes us strong...standing up for our ideals...regardless.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:44 PM

13. Wow - that was excellent! nt

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:58 PM

14. The silver-tongued devil himself.

Wrote many famous songs - Me and Bobby McGee, For the Good Times and others.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:33 PM

15. I like Kris and the work he does

I had no idea about his background and history. I'm impressed and as a veteran whole heartedly concur with his award.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:37 PM

16. I had no idea

That Willie was a vet. I did not know how much Kris gave to our country.

This is just a fantastic post.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:51 PM

18. that was really nice..

I liked what he said about political leaders being required to serve in the armed forces.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:53 PM

19. . n/t

 

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:53 PM

20. Must add the story of him landing a helicopter in Johnny Cash's yard.

 

Kris Kristofferson's father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California. From there, he earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford University. He ultimately joined the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot, which served him well later. In 1965, he resigned his commission to pursue songwriting. He had just been assigned to become a teacher at USMA West Point. He got a job sweeping floors in Nashville studios. There he met Johnny Cash, who initially took some of his songs but ignored them. He was also working as a commercial helicopter pilot at the time. He got Cash's attention when he landed his helicopter in Cash's yard and gave him some more tapes. Cash then recorded Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down", which was voted the 1970 Song of the Year by the Country Music Association.


More: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001434/bio

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:23 PM

21. I Used To Like Him

 

Now I love this guy.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:34 PM

23. Military service in this country was the norm at one time....

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It's only been since Vietnam that people avoid it.

Unless you are a Republican, then you even avoided it during WWII.

Case in point: Chickenhawk John Wayne.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #23)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:11 PM

27. And Ronald Reagan.

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #27)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 04:07 AM

31. Reagan served

He made training films and ran war bond sales campaigns, which is a hell of a lot more than John Wayne did.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #31)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:10 AM

33. They gave him a cushy assignment.

 

That's not "serving" as most people think of it. What Jimmy Stewart did was serving.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #33)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 06:41 AM

35. No... Ronald Reagan due to his eyesight wasn't

qualified for overseas duty. He was in the reserve before and after WWII and Korea, 1937 to 1953.

http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/military.html

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:49 PM

24. Very, very moving

From both men - I salute them!

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:52 PM

25. When was this video made?

I saw Jack Kemp in it. He died in 2003. That's what Wikipedia said when I was looking him up. I did that because I was trying to remember what Jack had done in politics. I did remember that he was a candidate for VP and the P was Bob Dole running against Clinton in '96.

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Response to clydefrand (Reply #25)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:20 AM

29. Kemp died in 2009

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Response to Logical (Reply #29)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:45 PM

36. Sorry, I read that. Just didn't get it right

But the video was made when?

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Response to clydefrand (Reply #36)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:49 PM

37. I think 2003.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:53 PM

26. Thanks for linking here, that was lovely

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:49 AM

30. Very cool.

k&R

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 04:07 AM

31. K&R

Thanks for the post.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 06:22 AM

34. Nice. Nt

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 08:30 PM

38. Cool!

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