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1st Amendment of the Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
A Clint Eastwood Film . . . An American Story . . . reflections of the hell of war
Fire at Shanksville - Flight 93 Memorial
My Wonderful Father Bruce Keith Konder (100% Polish-American - 3rd generation - Kondratowicz) passed away Feb. 25, 2010
Bruce was born and raised on the family farm he died on. He would have been 80 on Bastille day. He loved his farm and left it for a brief time in 1949 to work in Milwaukee at his uncle's car repair shop. He farmed and worked at Doboy in New Richmond making plastic pools for children for two years (1953-1955). He also worked several years in the 1960's for the St. Croix County Highway Dept., farming all the while.
Not taking the farm deferment he could have, he was sworn into the United States Army at Ft. Snelling, MN on May 22, 1951. He went through basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MS, then spent time training at Ft. Bliss, TX. After a day in Hawaii, he went on to Japan to train for a month over Thanksgiving, 1952. His unit was in Korea by Christmas.
Bruce was a member of the 1st Cavalry and 4th Army. He was a Sky Sweeper (anti-aircraft gun - before the Nike Missles), gun Mechanic, and Prision Guard on Kojedo Island, Korea. Before and after his unit was there they had some of the worst riots ever seen. He said how the communist North Koreans would infiltrate the camp to cause trouble, but he and his men knew how to deal with the communists and no riots occurred under their watch. The North Koreans weren't the only one's in camp. There were a few trouble maker U.S. troops that they had to guard, the ones that had screwed up - usually former Nazi SS that had made deals to serve so they could become U.S. citizens, but many didn't make the grade. Oh, the history Dad could tell, because he lived it. He left the service, honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal, on May 21, 1953.
My dad was a strong family man. He took care of his wife who he found out after marriage was bi-polar. Eight years to the day of his swearing in to the Army, he became father to a beautiful baby girl, Connie, who was born with a congenital heart defect and later developed scoliosis. He took the best care of her he could, making sure she had the best medical care through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Both my mother and sister are also gone now. It's just me and my two brothers who are 11 and 13 years older than me. One brother's a bachelor and one has 3 girls.
Dad, or Grandpaw Bruce as my boys called him (and how he wrote in their birthday and Christmas cards) was strong, smart, stoic, loving and caring. He could also sense the paranormal (yes, he saw ghosts, his grandmother did too, and so do I) and seemed psychic (no, really). When I asked him how he knew things were going to happen, he said it was just living and that I'd get to that point too. When he was younger he loved to hunt, loved guns, and loved the outdoors all his life.
He had his mind until the end, and a sharp one at that. I was privileged to be with him when he passed. I miss you so much Dad, and I was privileged to have you as my father. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May you rest in peace, Dad. I love you soooooo much. Until we meet again, your Crystal.
p.s. for those of you interested, google Bruce Knoder - my dad so distrusted gov't. that when his name was spelled wrong for gov't. purposes, he let it be, you'll see news of his passing under Bruce Knoder, not Konder. Good 'ol dad =)
Crystal Konder with her dad Bruce, age almost 70 when this photo was taken on April 29, 2000.
Bruce Konder at Ft. Bliss, TX, May 28, 1952
YouTube piece for Tea Parties was created by an Alabama high schooler, the youth are the future.
I think of what Japan’s Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was supposed to have said after the attack on Pearl Harbor, starting WWII for us, "I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." The Admiral had spent time in the U.S. and understood Americans better than his counterparts. I don't think we should underestimate the American people, the Constitution, and our Democratic Republic. We may not wear it on our sleeves, but when the chips are down, we often come together, form groups, and fix problems or seek justice.
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