Defending the U.S. Flag
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Bob; I arrived in Moscow, Idaho (Home of Idaho University one block from Best
Western) and went to dinner at Best Western.  Picket Signs with them.  It
appears that two of these demonstrators are Professors.

They all sit at a large round table behind me and begin to talk very loudly about US atrocities
in Afghanistan.  One of the "Professors" stands up and gives a brief talk
about how the "US is famous for atrocities" and Afghanistan will be no
different.  One of the students asked a question about Viet Nam POW's.  The
"Professor" makes a comment about how that was only US propaganda about poor
treatment of POW's.

OK - I'm really mad now and I jump up and go over to
their table.  (In retrospect - Over the entrance to the Restaurant is a huge
American Flag.  On each table is an American Flag and a small hand painted
sign "United We Stand") I excuse myself and ask the Professor if I can ask
him a question.

He says yes.

I said that he appears to be of age to have
served in Viet Nam, and asked him if he had served.  His answer was, "NO - I
defended this Campus and told the truth to the students." I then asked if he
remembered what he was doing on February 16, 1969.

When he answered, "Of course not -- that was too long ago," I responded, "Really, I remember what I
was doing.  That was the second day of my capture and I had been standing in
a bamboo cage for 24 hours with water up to my chest." I then said "Sir, your
comments about how POW's in Nam were treated are a lie and I personally say
to you, you are a ******* liar, as you never were there.  I was a POW and
they did not treat our POWs humanly.  The only other person I have ever heard
make the statements like you have is Jane Fonda.  Is she telling the truth
and not me?"

He stood up and after about 10 seconds said, "Jane is a great
patriot and I cannot visualize her lying."

With that, I reached over and grabbed the small American Flag and United We Stand sign and said, "I'm
taking this back to my table where it can be appreciated." No one said a word
to me as I started to walk back.  However after a few seconds, people started
standing up and applauding all around the restaurant.  Two men got up from a
table across the room and walked over to me.  The first identified himself as
former US Marine Lieutenant Flynn and the other man was former Gunnery
Sergeant Graboski.

In a loud voice after introducing themselves, Lt.  Flynn
said they were former Marine Guards at a US Embassy.  He then said, "We are
over at this table to defend the US Flag from all foes, both foreign and
domestic." They then sat down and asked their Waitress to bring their meals
over to my table.  A few more minutes went by with loud comments from the
"Anti-War" table.

All of a sudden, "Gunny" Sergeant Graboski stood up and in
a loud voice said "All of you heard what the President said the other night.
You are either with the United States or you are with the terrorists." He
then said, "Please stand and join me in God Bless America." As he started
singing, people all around the restaurant stood up and joined in.  Several of
the students at the "Anti-War" table also stood up half way through the song
and joined in.  Both Professors and the majority of the students remained
seated and refused to sing.

At the end there was a great ovation.  The
Manager came up to my table.  (He and his staff came out from the kitchen and
sang.) He thanked me for what I started and then went over to the Anti-War
table and asked them to leave.  "I will pay for what you have had so far but
I cannot in good conscience serve you -- get out now!!"

One of the Professors then made a remark "Well, we are not going to pay one dime for how shabbily
we have been treated."

As they were leaving, one customer stood up and said,
"Manager, here is $5 towards their bill, anyone else willing to chip in to
get this scum out of here?" All over the restaurant, people stood up reaching
for their wallet and saying, "I'll chip in" The Manager, in tears said, "My
family is from Poland, I am now a citizen and am so proud of what I see
tonight." He started crying and a couple of the waitresses helped him into
the kitchen.

The two Marines and I were there for about another 20 minutes
and finished our meal.  The Hostess came up and showed us more than $100
dollars that all the other tables had told their Waitresses to give towards
our bill.  I thanked her but said I could not take the money.  Lt Flynn
suggested donating it in the Restaurant's name to the New York Relief Fund,
so I guess that's what will happen.  I just can't believe how Americans are
coming together now.  Just thought you would like to hear how the rest of the
country is reacting to what happened!!!