Thank you for the honor of being your online friend. I will miss you tremendously.
Friday, 1 June 2007 Dale Peters in IL has been recruited to join Randy "Doc" Barne's Honor Platoon. Posted By Robert Hanafin at 2:06 PM
All Readers of my Blog,
I don't know if anyone ever knew Dale Peters from Chicago, Illinois who posted a Blog of his own on VFA and ensured a few of our Blogs were forwarded across the naton on various Veteran listserves.
Regardless of the views and direction the collective we must take on IRAQINAM now, Dale Peters along with Randy "Doc" Barnes of Kansas City, MO (who left us in 2006) were viewed as worthy strategists in helping the Democrats take back Congress in 2006. Both rallied Veterans in the mid-West, organized caravans, fought for Veterans benefits, while opposing the War in Iraq.
Both were also proud members of both Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), in fact it was their inspiration and encouragement that persuaded this Retired Officer to become a member of VVAW in 2006, and I never protested the Vietnam War though I was in it and opposed it.
To the point, in the event you did know Dale Peters, I wanted you to know that Brother Peters passed away in Chicago this past Wednesday, and Dale desired his passing and funeral to remain low-key and as low-profile as Dale tried to be.
Apparently, it was Dale's wishes to have a very low keyed service.
The best I know is that there will be a service tomorrow, Saturday, from 1 - 2 at:Modell Funeral Home7710 S. Cass AvenueDarien, IL 60561630-852-3595
If anyone resides in or near the Chicago area, you may want to pay your respects. The address for sending cards or flowers is ABOVE.
Dale was an Illinois state organizer and leader of Veterans for Kerry in 2004, and a favored target of free republic who kept a dossier including Dale's VVAW FBI file from the late 1960s - early 70s. Dale and I have worked closely on the Veterans for America (VFA) Blog until I noticed that he disappeared a few weeks ago and started looking for him.
Frankly, that was done on both right and left-wing Democratic sites like Democratic Underground, and the liberals all time favorite Daily KOS whenever Brother Dale Peters joined me and other Independents in taking an INDEPENDENT STAND that went against both parties for the best interests of Veterans, troops, and military families carrying the burden of the War on Terror all by our lonesome.
Let this Mustang be bold enough to tell those who helped kill Dale two things. First, if anyone seriously believes that LOYALTY to any ONE political party will end or win IRAQINAM, YOU are in for a rude awakening. Don't trust ANY politcal party nor have loyalty to any one or two party system. The faster America achieves a multi-party political system the better. PLEASE take this from a long-time conservative Republican who voted for Reagan and never looked back until John Kerry.
The other is let me assure you and all are Welcome to check with VVA, because unlike most Nationalistic organizations (the American Legion and now VFW included), the VVA requires one provide a DD-214 for membership, that Bobby Hanafin is a Mustang, even if one does not agree with my politics or views on IRAQINAM, and I am a member of VVAW, because I do not blindly support ALL WARS.
That does not means that I BLINDLY OPPOSE ALL WARS, because someone has to do America's dirty work for us, and as a career military man I would be a HYPOCRITE to tell VVAW members otherwise, but having a military (volunteer or otherwise) does not mean American leaders need to or must turn it into a Professional Killing Machine that is offensive by nature. The American sheeple are not cut from such cloth as Radical Islam, and most of us who experienced Nam know this.
Bobby Hanafin Specialist-5, U.S. Army (69-76) Major, USAF-Retired (77-94) Military Families Speak Out - OHIO Tags: Dale Peters IRAQINAM Randy"Doc"Barnes Vietnam Vets Post A CommentPosted By Robert Hanafin at 2:06 PM
Such sad news - his posts were so heartfelt and smart, he sounded like such a great guy.
It's not uncommon for one spouse to follow another shortly. My great-grandparents did this, just six months apart after living into their 90s (he was a WWI vet). There is something about this that strikes me as a cosmic kindness.
Rest in peace, Monkeyman (and Monkeywoman). You won't be forgotten here. :patriot:
I always made certain that I paid attention to/read Monkeyman's DU posts. I was never disappointed. He will be missed on DU and untold other places, in the cyber and non-cyber realms. RIP and Blessed Be, MM/Dale.
Withywindle, your comment, "It's not uncommon for one spouse to follow another shortly," was right-on. I can attest from personal experience as my parents passed away 6 weeks apart (my Mom died on 12/25/05 and then my Dad passed on 2/14/06) They grew-up together in a small rural Ohio town, went to the same schools K-12. and ended up marrying in 1944 just before my Dad (a Navy corpsman) shipped out to the Pacific theater. -- Michael
another Medic died today; each must go his own way, in the early morning rain.
(from an old Army cadence that I would sound off occasionally)
There is a time in all of our lives when we realize that our time has come, and we are prepared to leave this plane and travel to the next. I believe that when we reach that next plane, we meet up w/those who have gone on before us, and it makes for a one hell of a good moment.
For those who have borne the scars of battle, for those who have served to maintain the Peace; for those who have sacrificed their time in making their corner of the world just a little better, I stand and salute you. You are not muted by the grave, for you are remembered for your courage, levity and honor. The days grow shorter as I reach that line you have already crossed, the nights a re a little colder, now that you are no longer here w/your warmth, the world is a lesser place now.
and we face the spirit for our lives, imo, and from the likes of your description of this man, he has a special place in the heavens! what a TOUCHING tribute to him, I have tears welling in my eyes, and I haven't done that for a tribute in a long time...
I find it great when a man with great character and what people consider brave macho qualities stands up for peace and compassion.
My prayers to those who knew him well...
www.cafepress.com/warisprofitable <<-- check it out, top '08 stuff
you will be so missed here in the mortal plane, but I know the Ancestors have welcomed you to their wisdom circles. You will continue to guide us with your spirit and your example of how to be wholly human.
You will be missed by many. This is a shock. Does anybody know what happened? I wish this was a mistake, but I can see it isn't. Hey admins: How about a forum for DUers who have passed away, but not forgotten? Or maybe a place where we can read some of their best posts, something?
This is a friend that I never got to meet like many of you. OMG I just got off work and this is devastating. Good Journey to you Monkeyman. May your next life find you more peace than this one. You and your dear wife are together again. Thanks for posting this Sapph.
A brilliant and prolific member of Democratic Underground.
An avatar was mentioned above, and I thought, I don't think we have a veterans rights avatar, and to create one would be a good way to honor Monkeyman. Unfortunately, I'm not the computer graphics type but I think the typescript of the Democratic Underground along the lines of "Support Veterans Beyond Battle," although my intent is hardly to dictate the text or form of such an avatar.
254. I told Monkeyman I would write a letter a week until our troops were home
God,I hate this.I know he was lost with out Janet,and that he is a lot happier,now. Don't worry,Dale-we at DU will never forget our soldiers and Marines.I dedicate any further writings to you,bro,and will write weekly until these fundies "Get It".Rest in peace with your darlin' next to you.
271. The number of those who will miss him and his influence in this world says so much
When someone passes and it leaves such a great feeling of loss to so many, that is a testament to the good they accomplished in their lifetime. Many people will mourn the loss of Dale Peters. Some of those people will carry on his work as best they can in his absence. His legacy will be the work of those people, the ones he touched that will never forget his efforts.
May we never forget what he stood for and believed in.
280. Thankyou Monkeyman, job well-done, we will take it from here....
For those who deign to carry the burden of others who cannot, such is a life well lived. For he who fixes his gaze first on obtaining wealth, power, and fame, will never know that the wealthiest man in town is he who has the most friends.
Monkeyman picked up the heavy burden of others and carried it well. With his passing he has not laid that burden down, but rather passed it on to the rest of us to continue the journey.
Job well-done Monkeyman. We will take it from here.....
Very sad news. It's some consolation that he was able to witness Bushco starting to crumble in earnest and disapproval ratings levitate as the majority of the public finally caught on to reality. Until the last couple of years it seemed these rethuglicans were going to be able to get away with anything they chose and no one and nothing could stop them. However far we still have to go, I'm glad for any of us who lived past those times to the present day when Bush is largely regarded as a loser and an albatross around the necks of the GOP candidates. And Monkeyman did himself proud by being an activist who did his part to help bring this about.
It's You that keeps me here. When I need you your there. I Love You Guys. You are the pride of the DU. When you post people hear you. The Freepers are scared to death of you. So You Are The Power Of Love I am Just here for the ride and I love it
It is said that only the good die young, and I'm starting to believe it. RIP to Monkeyman. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with his family and friends. And to both of you, Mr Hanifan and Mr. Peters, as well as all others, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. As you stated, someone has to do the "dirty work". :hug: :cry: May the rest of our fighting men and women come home unscathed and soon.
I will really miss you here at DU. You were one of the few that I sought out. So often, you and I unintentionally posted the same vidoes or articles. I feel like I've been socked in the gut at the news of your passing. May you be reunited with your wife.
a brother in arms and peace. Very sad. KING. What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin; If we are mark'd to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more. By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires. But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive. No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England. God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour As one man more methinks would share from me For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more! Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made, And crowns for convoy put into his purse; We would not die in that man's company That fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is call'd the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.' Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words- Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester- Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. (Shakespeare, Henry V)
:cry: I always loved reading Monkeyman's heartfelt and insightful posts, and he did so much good work for his fellow veterans...the world will be a sadder and poorer place without him, I think. :( Rest in peace, my friend. :patriot: :cry:
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet. Let it not be a death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
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