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  1. 22 points
    You're a 19 year old kid. You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam . It's November 14, 1965. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his lightly armored UH-1 Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 30 seriously wounded soldiers out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey. Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army Retired, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho. May God Bless and Rest His Soul. I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, We’ve heard plenty about murders, Health Care, Border security etc. BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE PASSING OF Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman. Shame on the media!!!
  2. 16 points
    Thought I’d share a couple pics of my R model that was delivered this weekend. I purchased the truck from the wife of the original owner who passed away last year. He had ordered it new in 1979 and was the only one to drive it. The truck has 118k miles and was used to pull a lowboy. It’s completly original except the blue paint which was done at the Mack dealer when truck was new.
  3. 15 points
    1985 RW 653 . Yes that is documented actual original miles , 3406 cat eaton 13 speed this is next to go in my paint booth for refinishing.
  4. 14 points
    This truck hasn't seen many miles in a lot of years. A friend who started driving in Virginia in an H model wants to drive it up to the Brooks, OR show in a few weeks so I decided to get it serviced and make a run. It performed well other than the sticks are awful stiff. It will be a hot 270 mile run but a lot of fun and memories. Note the smoke in our valley................plain awful for 2 weeks now.
  5. 14 points
    We had our local tractor show this past weekend. Friday was nice but Saturday was almost a complete wash out. I built a pulling hitch for the mack and they left me pull friday after the diesel pickups. Truck worked real good and had a lot of fun doing it. I have most of the bugs worked out of our johndeere B and got to put it on a pto dyno Saturday. It had 33 horsepower at 540rpm and maxed out at 38hp. Not bad for a 28 horse tractor.
  6. 14 points
    I flew to L.I. this afternoon to do the Barbecue for the Long Island Veterans Home and to put flags and pennies on the grave markers at Calverton National Cemetery. Wasn't going to do the feed for the Vets this year, but felt guilty about letting my fellow vets down. So tomorrow and Sunday my son and grandson will be cooking our butts off. Remember Memorial Day is for the Hero's who made the Supreme Gift to us. . .their lives for our freedom. Take a moment to remember them during the weekend. A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect. Leaving a penny means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier died." While this isn’t officially recognized or endorsed by the military, these tiny pieces of metal say a lot about those who bravely defended our freedom. The coins are gathered up by the cemetery and go into a fund for flags markers.
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  9. 13 points
    So...... I have always loved to cook (my mom started teaching me when I was 9 or 10) and always did the cooking in the firehouse and to this day cook big and/or extravagant meals on holidays. You guys may recall last year, I was in the market for a smoker. I was asking some of the guys on here about them, and Otherdog talked me into buying a pit barrel smoker (www.pitbarrelcooker.com) So I asked the wife to get me one fathers day if she was going to get anything. (For fathers day she usually gets me something Macungie-related like a pop-up awning, or a small charcoal grill, or chairs, portable tables, stuff like that.....) So Macungie came, and so did Otherdog who surprised us all for the first time. He kept asking me "Well did she get it for you?" And I had to tell him "No, looks like we cannot afford one right now. I'll have to wait, maybe I will work some overtime and save up." So the Tuesday after Macungie, I get home from work and walk into the mudroom and damn near fall over a big ass box and damn near break my neck. Seems that the UPS man delivered a Pit Barrel Smoker. The wife was asleep (she was due into work that night) so when I get home from work on her work nights, I wake her up so she can shower, eat and get out the door for 7pm. So I run upstairs and wake her up and kissed her twenty times exclaiming "You got it for me!!! You got it for me!!!" Well imagine my confusion when she says over and over again "What the hell are you talking about? What smoker? I didn't get the smoker for you!" So I checked my Amazon Prime account thinking maybe I bought it by accident when I was looking at it (yes I have done that...........) but nope....Nothing on the account. So I called Amazon and spoke to an account rep.....She traces it back to a (insert real name here...........) "Otherdog with a Gladys, Virginia mailing address." So I called Otherdog. The conversation went something like this. Me: "Hey I just got home and damn near broke my neck on a box inside my mud porch." OD: "huh, what was that?" Me: "A Pit Barrel Smoker." OD: "Huh so she got it for you!" Me: "Uh, no." OD: "Well where did it come from?" Me: "The Gladys Fairy delivered it." OD: "Huh. That Gladys Fairy sure is nice!" So after going back and forth for a few minutes I let him in on that I called Amazon and found out. And then I said "Look, while this is a tremendous gift and I sincerely appreciate your kindness and friendship, I want to say that I cannot accept this, however, I also know you well enough to know that if I tell you I can't take it that you will tell me to shove it up my ass, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart and you are a beautiful man." Then he told me that I was one of the big driving forces that made him take off from work for a few days to drive to Macungie for the show, and he had such a good time he wanted to do something nice for me and my family. So, since I don't live far from Macungie....I threw together a little pick-a-nick thing for some folks and woke my ass up at 0530 on Saturday, and was out there and at precisely 6:30am I hung three beef round roasts and one bone-in pork shoulder into the very smoker that he gave me as gift almost exactly one year later. And around 2:15pm I got to watch Otherdog munching down. We had a great time and I don't get mushy on here often but it was cool to make some grub for him and watch him enjoying hisself. So thanks again Otherdog and happy fathers day to you and all the other fathers on here!!! The smoker all loaded up at 6:30am The smoked bone-in pork shoulder, being prepped for shredding. Then we mixed in an Eastern North Carolina vinegar-based barbeque sauce that my wife made. Picture of me starting to slice the three roast beefs. Photo by Otherdog's ladyfriend, Zina.
  10. 13 points
  11. 13 points
    By some reason I had ocassion to fly over a part of North Norway. The weather was found fine so I made a bit of picture work from the window. Those tight clouds on the last two shots covered the area above Athlantic ocean.
  12. 13 points
    Went this past weekend and brought home our new toy. Nice to get the puppy out and stretch her legs after a long winter. Spent some time and money on her over the winter... new injector pump new air compressor went back to 24.5 rubber and all new a.c. unit and a.c. compressor.
  13. 12 points
    I'm thinking they glow in the dark!
  14. 12 points
    Respectfully Sir, I disagree with you. I know we all appreciate Barry and Watts Truck Center for hosting this site. That said, he has chosen the Forums for the site. And the Odds and Ends Forum is the 2nd most popular of all of the Forums with over 91,000 posts. This particular post was placed where it belongs, in Odds and Ends. And the title contains the words "president and "Trump" so if one does not wish to read about politics then just don't click on it. I imagine that is why there are the different Forums, so you don't have to spend time in those which don't interest you.
  15. 12 points
    Finally finished my 1:24 scale Rubber Duck RS700L. It's loosely based on one of the early 70's second unit trucks: metal dash cab, Cummins power and cosmetic damage. With 1:25 scale brother for comparison.
  16. 12 points
    So finally got the R model I bought over the winter out of storage and brought it home so I could strip the lettering and do a little touch up and cleaning on it. Back in January, my friend Herb Fleck was down in Jersey delivering furniture and offered to drive it back for me as I was tied up with work. He checked the fluids, fueled up, hopped in and drove it 250 miles without a hiccup. ME on the other hand, made it about 3/4 of a mile down the street when the supply line for the air assist steering blew a hole in it. If something can go wrong it will always wait for me to be driving. Luckily I wasn't alone and we were able to scrounge up a bolt and a clamp to block off the airline which was actually a rubber air hose for air tools, think I'll be getting some fittings and plastic line. Got it home without further incident and the oldest granddaughter was very excited to get in the driver's seat.
  17. 11 points
    Sharing the road with B model Macks.
  18. 11 points
    Few Marmon COE's still around. In the background, Yardo is making plans for the smoker.
  19. 11 points
    Thank you , prayer does work however o struggle with my faith . Can’t quite understand why at the tender young age of 49 the good lord has decided to put yet one more mountain in front of me to climb. Just to update. Chemo is Monday Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday I’ve secured work for Allen Distribution in Carlisle pa as a casual driver those evenings . Yes my assigned tractor will be a Mack,yay me. Once in up over this current mountain I will be full time. Had orientation this afternoon then tried helping momma spread some mulch when she got home. But over all I’m in decent shape for the shape I’m in. Cheers 🍻
  20. 11 points
    I bought this old roadway truck back in '03 and made it into a twin screw, it was a great truck, the last to get stuck in the field. I sold it 3 years ago to a guy who's '66 r model had died on him, and he sent me a picture of it today.
  21. 11 points
    Tell them to go straight to Hell.I don't care what you do,just DO NOT give in,they want you to be scared and give up without a fight. I fought with zoning for 5 years,met every demand they placed on me,license,fence,etc.,they still wanted me gone,took me to court and I beat them,still here 14 years later. Just think where we'd be today if our leaders and troops just gave in without putting up a fight. Quote the Constitution to them,they hate that too.
  22. 10 points
    From all of the members of the Yocum creek and upper cloverfork vol fire departments we would like to say thank you to Don Holden aka Vals327 on here. he and 2 other men drove 800 miles one way to deliver us 2 1983 mack mc fire trucks. (pictures soon to come) this is the second truck that he has donated to Yocum creek and the first to upper cloverfork. words can not say how much we appreciate him and all who has helped us over the last few years. it takes a special kind of human being to drive 2 of the hottest trucks I have ever been in that distance over 2 days with out air conditioning and mid to upper 90s stay for a hour and begin there 800 mile journey back home. all I know to say is thank you
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    Hi. I spent the weekend firing the boiler in a bucyruis Erie steam Crain at the Hudson Mohawk gas up it is a fun machine to work on this year we used their ac Mack to haul away the dirt it looks tired but runs great. I will try so post some pictures. I also took a video or the machinery in the Crain while it was running I’ll try to post on you tube. Dean
  25. 10 points
    Wet roads and cold temperature make "pretty wheel". Seen this before but not the "Starfish" on the hub.

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