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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spc. Ross E. Vogel III, R.I.P.

The riders from the Patriot Guard formed a semi-circle around the gravesite on a gentle slope in Prospect Hill cemetery, holding flags, bidding farewell to their fallen brother, U.S. Army Spc. Ross E. Vogel III.

"Present arms," the call came out.

The members of the Patriot Guard, and the military personnel present, saluted as an honor guard carried Vogel's casket to his final resting place.

Vogel's family followed about a dozen steps behind his flag-draped casket, the crowd of mourners about a dozen steps behind them.

The graveside service was brief, punctuated with a rifle volley that echoed through the cemetery and a bugler playing taps mournfully.

It was a solemn ceremony. It was extraordinarily quiet. One of the gravediggers, Randy Herr, said usually you can hear trucks grinding on Route 30 just over the hill. Yet, Monday afternoon, the cemetery was silent.

Herr watched from a distance.

"I was never in the military, but this hits your heart," he said. "When the bugle starts, it gets to me."

Vogel died a month into his third tour in Iraq. The 27-year-old Red Lion Area Senior High School was assigned to the 67th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade out of Fort Gordon, Ga.

The Defense Department said he died in a noncombat-related incident in Kut, about 100 miles south east of Baghdad, on the left bank of the Tigris River. The military is investigating his death.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He loved hockey, playing the drums and cars.

Monday afternoon, he was put to rest with military honors. His family received the flag that had covered his casket on behalf of a grateful nation.

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