After the veterans with “POW-MIA” inscribed on their black ties saluted the casket, after the chaplain talked of time and healing, a man in a dark suit slipped on reading glasses and rose from his pew. He walked to the stage of a Northern Virginia funeral home and pulled from his pocket the tribute he had written the night before.

“Seventy years ago, our uncle, he died for our country,” Richard Bean, voice quavering, read to a small crowd of about 75 people. “One year ago, an incredible journey came to know him as a hero.”

That uncle, also named Richard Bean, grew up in and around Manassas. In 1941, just months before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army. He deployed the following year with the 105th Infantry Regiment, which was in the first wave of units sent into Pacific Theater combat. On July 7, 1944, while fighting on Saipan, Bean and his comrades faced the largest suicidal banzai attack of the war and, at 24, he was reported missing in action. Three years later, the military declared him dead. Posthumously, he was promoted to sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star.

Decades ago, his family gave up hope that his body would be recovered. But early last year, an organization searching for Japanese casualties discovered Bean’s remains in a mass grave where four other American soldiers have also been found.

The journey Richard spoke of ended Friday with Bean’s funeral in Manassas and his burial at Quantico National Cemetery.

For Richard, Bean had always meant something special. They never met, but Bean was the man for whom he was named, the uncle who went to war and, as his nephew heard over and over, never came home.

Haunted by missing details

As a boy, Richard knew his uncle through a single photograph.

It hung beside an organ on the den wall of his grandmother’s home in Haymarket. It showed a young man in a crisp uniform with his arms held behind his back and his stare directed off-camera. His jaw was square, his eyes confident.

Taped to the photo’s plain wooden frame was a Purple Heart.

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Many vets will never return. Including the 88 member crew of the USS Albacore. That submarine hit a mine off Hokaido, Japan on Nov 7, 1944.  Locals recorded the incident as they saw mattresses, food, ect. float to the surface. It was only after the war that AMericans  read local records, that they put the pieces together, and discovered what happened to that sub. May they RIP, having given their all.

I look at pictures of war hero's and veterans, to me they are all hero's ! Then I look at a picture of obama and I want to puke !!!

It is good that one of our 'Boys' has returned home.  Bean represents all of those who have been Missing especially the thousands from World War II.  I am reminded of the fierce Night Sea Battles around Guadalcanal's 'Iron Bottom Sound'  where almost two dozen American warships were sunk in action taking 'Blue Jackets', their officers, and not a small number of those 'Few Marines' to their watery graves. We have not, and will not forget them. 

      And now we also have to get back the ones the government left in Nam! They reniged on a deal to get our pow's back! To this day? I will never forgive that! Just add it to the rest of the crap Jareer Abeed has done! People,  when are you going to say enough! And take our country back! By ANY MEANS! If, and I do think this is the only thing that will work, we have to take up ARMS! Jareer Abeed's people are KILLING AMERICANS NOW! In our, no! Their own country! Everyday Americans are being killed! And muslims are gaining in power! But we are winning the keyboard war! Were damn good at that! WE SHOULD BE SO PROUD! 

‘It has to be my uncle’

The backhoe had just scraped away another few inches of dirt when Usan Kurata spotted a bone.

Kurata is the founder of Kuentai, a nonprofit group that for the past four years has searched Saipan for the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in the war. Tens of thousands of Americans who fought in World War II remain missing as well.

Kurata ordered the machine to stop, and a fellow researcher began to brush away the earth. They found a fork. Then, dog tags. Etched into a thin piece of rusted metal were Bean’s name, his mother’s name and his hometown of Manassas.

“I was just so shocked,” said Yukari Akatsuka, a member of Kuentai. “He was the first remains I’d ever seen.”

In September 2013, she and Kurata traveled 13 hours to Virginia in search of more clues. They went to Manassas City Hall, a visitor center and a museum before meeting Tish Como at the Bull Run Regional Library. Como scoured county records and tracked down Richard in Nokesville.

She left him a voice mail, and he called back the next day. Como told him what the Japanese researchers had found. He was stunned.

“It has to be my uncle,” he told her.

With photos of their findings, Kurata and Akatsuka returned to Virginia in November, nervous that Richard might be angry that their ancestors had killed his.

He wasn’t. For three hours, they talked, and sometimes cried, around his kitchen table.

The U.S. government later used dental records and DNA to confirm Bean’s identity.

My God grant them all rest.

All the brave young men and women that fought and, by the grace of God Almighty, returned home to their families and a grateful nation, those who have fought and returned home wounded and handicapped but still home to their families and nation that could not be more proud of them and those that have fought and given their all for our country, never to return home to a nation who grieves right along with their families who sacrificed all they had to give for this country deserve our thanks, our respect and our loyalty to and our unending and undying support of them.  Many of our men from all the wars are still out there in foreign lands and at the bottom of foreign seas but we as a nation will never forget them nor we ever stop looking for them to "bring them home".  Many will never reach our shores again but each every time I see Obama disrespect our US Military, Active Duty, Reserve or Veterans, I get livid and can't say what goes through my mind at that time, it is not publishable!!!!   The same goes to him and his wife for their disrespect of our Flag.  This is not their country and I really cannot wait to ship them out of here by any conveyance that is available and I really don't care what it is.  I'm sure ISIS would be happy to have them and I would be happy to send them to their front doorstep, especially since he supplied them and funded them and turned on them with US and allied bombs.  I'm sure they are very happy with him about now.  Of course, I'm sure, on the other hand, that he is making them as much aware as he can when and where those bombs are being dropped so that the casualties are limited.  Ted Lewis, you are correct, the time has come for America to do whatever necessary to rid our nation of the scum that rode in with Obama or embraced him as soon as he got here and take our nation back with the vengeance that our beloved Military has used to preserve, protect and defend this great (once) nation for so many years!!!!!!!!!!   

The USS Arizona Battleship is a grim reminder of those left behind, trapped in the hull of a dead ship the men had to endure a slow death knowing they were doomed. It is truly a blessing that Richard Bean was found and given the honors he earned and deserved.  God bless Usan Kurata, founder of Kuentai, the nonprofit group that,(for the past four years has searched Saipan for the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in the war), and Yukari Akatsuka a member of Kuentai. They very well could have scraped the remains aside and continued searching for Japanese Soldiers. Both are true humanitarians to endure the cost of finding Richard Bean's origins and remaining family. 

I too have an Uncle that was killed in Anzio with Patton's 3rd Army. His remains were not recovered and my Grandmother (a Cherokee Native) had to endure that her son and my Uncle, would never come home.

WOW.., NOT ENOUGH WORDS....CAN BE SAID.....!! ALL HERO'S......!!

Rest well, faithful servant. You earned it.  God Bless you and all who served faithfully.

This 'closure' is still awaiting, many Families, who may, someday, welcome their lost 'loved' ones home, for a 'long awaited' burial, in the Soil, they died defending!  Thank you, Fellow Vets. I salute you!  M.Sgt (USAF, Retired) (Military Capt. Reserves)  Philosopher, "One that came home, to welcome others, still waiting!"  2014

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Clinton Donor And Tax Cheat Tied To Russia

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the slogan for Hillary Clinton and her political allies, and it’s especially apt in light of new information about one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors.

While the left is still trying to attack President Trump and his family over unproven business dealings and largely debunked connections to Russia, a new report indicates that it was Hillary Clinton’s team who were doing those exact things.

“Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the ‘Hillary Victory Fund’ (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio,” that outlet reported on Thursday.

“He has also been considered by California to be one of the state’s biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the (Russian) Kremlin,” Fox continued.

The man’s name is Edgar Sargsyan. His deep pockets greatly benefited Clinton’s campaign, with contributions of at least $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

He was also in charge of an elite fundraising dinner to benefit Clinton, where donors paid $100,000 per couple just to attend the ritzy event. But in true Clinton fashion, the money apparently went missing.

Sargsyan is now “being sued by his former company for allegedly diverting those funds to start his own real estate company,” according to Fox.

Now, people are asking hard questions about Clinton’s buddy Sargsyan, including whether his contributions were part of a pay-to-play scheme and if he had shady connections to foreign governments.

“Nobody gave to the Hillary Victory Fund out of the goodness of their heart or some generalized desire to help 33 random state parties,” pointed out attorney Dan Backer from the Committee to Defend the President.

“They did so to buy access and curry influence — something the Clintons have been selling for nearly three decades in and out of government,” he continued.

Trying to buy political influence is sadly common, especially when it comes to the Clintons. What is raising more red flags than normal, however, is the evidence that Sargsyan is no run-of-the-mill campaign donor.

“The really scary question is, what did this particular donor with this strange web of connections hope to buy for his quarter-million dollars?” Backer asked Fox News.

That web of connections is strange indeed.

The Committee to Defend the President is now alleging that SBK, a major Sargsyan-linked company “is an investment firm that is affiliated with United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and its international affiliate has business interests in Russia,” according to Fox.

“Among its dealings was a bid to finance $850 million for a major bridge project to connect Crimea with Russia,” the group claims.

“He worked for SBK, and SBK appears to have bid on some Crimean/Russian bridge project,” Backer said. “That’s usually an indicator of political favor and connections.”

It raises several chilling questions: Was Sargsyan paying a quarter million dollars to Clinton for political favors, and — more disturbingly — was that money actually from sources in Russia in order to smooth the way for its construction plans?

Nobody knows for sure. What is clear, however, is that there is a pattern of dirty money surrounding the Clintons, with the “Uranium One” and “Clinton Foundation” scandals just two of the most well-known examples.

“It reinforces how fast and loose the Clinton machine was when it came to ‘Hoovering up’ these megadonor checks, not just from questionable Hollywood and Wall Street elites but potentially from foreign influence peddlers using who knows what money,” Backer told Fox News.

“It reinforces the need to take a long hard look at not just the unlawful money laundering process, but the way in which they were solicited as well,” he continued. “The Clintons have never shown a great deal of concern for whomever it was cutting the checks — whether it’s foreign influence peddlers or Hollywood smut peddlers like Harvey Weinstein.”

If those claims are even partially true, then America dodged a bullet in November of 2016 — and it’s worth keeping the pile of foreign-connected Clinton scandals in mind the next time the left tries desperately to tie Donald Trump to Russia. Perhaps they should look in the mirror.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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