A Small Request

I don’t know Tara O’Grady, wouldn’t recognize her if I was standing next to her in an elevator. A few days ago I received an email from her asking for help. At first the cynic in me thought it was some sort of scam, maybe someone in Nigeria. But I checked, and Tara is the real deal, the daughter of a Thud driver who never returned from Vietnam. The loss of Colonel John O’Grady devastated his widow and seven children. His remains were never recovered, and the only memento left is Panel 18E, Line 12, at the Vietnam Memorial.

And Tara wants to take her children to the Wall to visit their grandfather. She needs help. She has a GoFundMe website where anyone interested in helping out can make a donation to raise money for her trip.

I know, first-hand, what it’s like to suddenly lose a father at a young age.You never get over it. Two days ago marked fifty-four years since my father was murdered, and I spent the whole day thinking about it. If you read Hamfist Down!, you know the story.

I want to help Tara. I made a small donation, and I’d like to ask the visitors to my website to consider donating one dollar to Tara’s campaign. To sweeten the deal, I’d like to offer a bribe.

If you donate any amount, one dollar, I will email you the Kindle file to any of my already-published¬†books. Since they all sell for more than $1, this will be a real win for both you and Tara. And it won’t cost me a dime. A real win/win/win.

So here’s the deal: if you make a donation in any amount, you will receive an email confirmation from GoFundMe. Forward the email to me (gnolly@live.com) with a note telling me what book you want, and I’ll send it to you ASAP.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

This won’t increase my sales numbers with Amazon one bit, but I will sure get a warm feeling helping out the family of a brother-in-arms. And you’ll get a good read at a great price. Let’s send Tara and her kids to Washington!


The OTHER 1 Percent

Over the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about the “one percent”, the wealthy of our country who have come under attack by many on the left. (For the record, ¬†author G. E. Nolly is not currently a member of the One Percent, although with lots of book sales he may someday join that group – HINT!)streaming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The other One Percent, the group to whom we all owe a great debt, is the group of men and women currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. It is due to their sacrifices that we enjoy the gift of living in the greatest country in the history of the world.Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Downloadwatch full film The Lost City of Z

The American Fighting Man’s Code of Conduct is inculcated into every member of the military. They learn it. They commit it to memory. They understand it. They revere it. Perhaps, with the current attention to POW issues, it would be helpful to review it:

1. I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

2. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

3. If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

4. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information, or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

5. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

6. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.