Dave, my memory is short, but did you send one to the great St. Louis Cardinal and Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial? I can't recall if you mentioned it or not. He was a recipient of the Presidential Metal of Freedom Award in 2010. He served in the Navy during WWII.
Did you ever hear from the Statler Brothers?
Bob, No problem with the memory, we ae all getting there! In any case, I have written Musial two times, the first one being around June past and the second being on 15 December.
Haven't heard a peep, and at this point I ain't holding my breathe. Incidentally, both letters were sent to his home and not to an agent or business address.!
Now I realize he is 92 and in bad health as was evident in the video of the PMoF presentation ceremony, that said, however; I have found on the internet where several people have recently received returned signed baseballs with a 2-3 week turnaround after having sent in with the ball his customary $100 signing fee.
Too bad; and I thought he was a gentleman!
As to the Statler Brothers, I did not send a petition to all members, only to Mr. Don Reid and that did not go out until two weeks ago on 25 January. Let's see if he responds.
I'm really disappointed to read this about Musial. He was my hero growing up and I also thought him to be a patriot. How could anyone who has served in the armed forces not be willing to support Audie for this award. Especially someone who was the recipient of the same award himself, and who didn't do anywhere near what Audie did in the service.
Thanks for the note(s). I hope I do not offend anyone on the Board with my observations/conclusions but I thought I would respond to Bob (I agree with you Bob) with my personal views on this whole PMoF business. I’m not angry…perhaps just a bit frustrated and disappointed to some degree, and I constantly review and rethink the who…what…why’s etc. Anyway, this Operation is drawing to an end soon, and I really appreciate all each of you has done to help and assist. So…..here are my sometimes rambling thoughts.
First, Bob, I am very disappointed as well, not just with Musial but with most of the so-called elites. It is a sad commentary on the State of the Nation when one cannot get those in authority or elevated positions to affix their name to something to honor a great American.
I have always been a history nut, and as a kid in the 60's through the late 80's had long correspondence with some of the great military leaders of the 20th century. I corresponded with Doolittle, Ridgeway, Mark Clark,
and even some of the former Axis
general officers of WWII. I traded letters with Moshe Dayan
for a short period and with some of the last great British
officers of WWII.
Not just of a military nature but built friendships with many of these old gentleman and when a letter was sent, invariably in just a week or so, I would have an answer, not just on military subjects but a wide variety of issues of the time.
I guess our generals of that era were raised differently and with perhaps more.....dignity than today. I rarely wrote anyone with whom I did not receive an answer even when these gentlemen were in their 80's and 90's.
Look through that long laundry list of names to whom I mailed the petition and then the sorely list of those who responded. Unbelievable!
I can't understand it for the life of me. I truly believe that it lies in two factors; that being;1) Most are either jealous of Audie and his accomplishments2) They are apathetic3) They don't have the PMoF, and therefore, he is undeserving in their minds
or4) More likely, they are waiting like lions about to devour a gazelle for the opportunity to further their own personal careers with the next cabinet appointment or the next CEO appointment etc, etc.
It is a damn shame! If someone feels that the cases is meritless then have the personal moral courage to lay out your reasoning and send it to me. I'll respect your case, although I would disagree with the conclusion. I can't even get that in most cases.
Case in point; an unnamed Marine Corps general sent a 'declination'
letter. I will not place his letter on the Site, as Richard is the only one who has read the letter but, it is obvious to the reader that the general took much time to draft the letter, made a strong case against the presentation, and did so both respectfully and very, very eloquently; while at the same time lauding Audie for his service to Nation both as a soldier and a citizen, and although I disagree with his conclusions that letter will always be cherished. As a matter-of-fact, it will take special pride-of-place in my Audie collection, should the PMoF ever come through.
Again, it goes to upbringing I suppose.
Lastly, I'll make a point on politicians. It is horrible that we as a Nation have become so divisive, so polarized, and hateful of our elected leaders. There was a time in our Country when politicians of the other side disagreed but could still come to an agreement for the good of the Nation.
This seems not to be the case anymore.
My 4th great-grandfather served in the Revolution,
his son served in the War of 1812
, his grandson; my 2nd great- grandfather fell at Vicksburg
and the roll goes on.
I personally am sick of politicians for the most part. There have been a few of the 'old school' politicians such as Dole, Carlucci, Laird, Marsh
who have signed and/or written 'letters of endorsement'
for Audie. If you look back on their bio's they served Presidents of both parties; why; because I think they realize service to Country and not Party loyalty is what has kept this Nation strong over many years.
I have written to former Senator George Mitchell
(D) who I actually liked as well as former Senator Alan Simpson
(R), (both are recipients of the PMoF) who I always enjoyed watching his antics requesting a 'letter of endorsement' and including a copy of the Dole
Think I ever heard from either one........keep dreaming!
Today, they are, for the most part divisive, self-absorbed, self-serving, egotistical jackasses who could care less about Nation, only themselves and self-aggrandizement.
I have been a Republican my entire life, but I have come to realize that the strength of a candidate lies not in party but in his/her personal beliefs. I no longer consider myself a Republican; I guess some call me an Independent.
In any case, I have never vented on Richard's Board and I have tried never to broach politics as it can be a sore subject with some.
My point of this long rambling note is simply, I truly believe much of the lack of support is due in large part to that divisive culture I mentioned. I think that in all honesty; if there were a Republican President in office, the returns especially amongst the military leaders would be nominally higher, as quite frankly I am not sure how this President fares amongst the general officers of our Nation, although he seems to be fairly popular amongst the younger generation of our military.
So, here is my take on President Obama and the PMoF. I have had many, many common citizens refuse to sign because it is "That President".
Well, Bob, Audie has been gone 40 years. Nixon
was in office when Audie died and he didn't award it to him. Nixon
was a Republican
Then we had Ford (R), Carter (D), Reagan (R), Bush (R), Clinton (D),
and George W (R).
Not one, not a darn one did it, and any of them could have, by stroke of a pen, Republican and Democrat alike.
On another note, I sent the petition with accompanying information to President George H.W. Bush
via certified mail,
even received a response. I sent it to George W.
and got turned down
, not so politely
either I might add.
Thank God, I hadn't purchased his memoirs!So why not President Obama?
If he does it, at least he will have done the right thing, made right a wrong that should have been done ages ago....and if he does it I may just vote for him....as a way of saying thanks.
Just may take on this whole business. Oh, I wasn't venting at you Bob, I was agreeing with you about Musial and the whole batch of the others as well.