It wore you out. It aged you. It made you witness a lifetime of human events within a short period of time.

How do you go home and explain that experience to the unknowing? You can’t. Words can’t describe all those highs and lows that you experienced during that period.

It wasn’t a self-gratifying European backpacking trip. You weren’t some idol suburbanite trying to find himself on a road trip. Your trip overseas was business–rough, violent, and dangerous business.

You don’t owe an explanation to anyone. The only people you have to answer to are the people you shared that time with and yourself. Your time is done.

Deployment… You’ve been there, you’ve done that.



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He who controls the seas, controls the world.
All great civilizations understood this
and built their societies around seafaring culture,
whether it was militarily,
 for exploration or for trade.

Hail to those brave souls
Carrying our colors at sea
So that the man on the ground
May have one more night of peace

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Ice, Ice Rocky! v. 2014

The 2014 Dunk! Ice, Ice Rocky!

Rockwell “Rocky” Pond has taken his post on the pond once again this winter. As legend has it, the pond was named after him many years ago.

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Bob Bray assigned Rocky to his post at 2:05 p.m. on Jan. 9, where he is scheduled to remain until he falls through the ice. When that happens the Leominster Emergency Management Volunteers will rescue him and Spring will not be too far away.

This contest is a 50/50 fundraiser to support veteran’s organization programs, which benefit local veterans and their families ~ including scholarship to local students; Boy Scout projects; Boy’s and Girl’s State; the distribution of Christmas meals to home bound veterans and their families; Ginny’s Thrift Shop veterans; Canines for Combat Veterans; Veterans Homestead; Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center; and more.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit or stop by the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St.

Ice Out Contest Rules for 2014 <—- clicky

ICE OUT Contest Tickets for 2014 <—- clicky  (print your tickets here)

Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, or prior to Rocky falling though the ice.

This annual event is sponsored by the Leominster Veterans Memorial Center (LVMC) Inc., a nonprofit organization made up of the Amvets, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Legend Of Private Rockwell “Rocky” Pond

Private Rockwell “Rocky”  Pond hails from Leominster Ma.

Where he lived on the third floor of 98 West Street, which is now the Leominster Senior Center parking lot. Rocky attended Saxon Trade School and specialized in metal works. Like many lads his age he only made it to the middle of his senior year when he volunteered for service during the Korean War. While in Korea he fought in many battles to include the Chosen Reservoir. Private “Rocky” once spent three long winter months on the ice at Chosen Reservoir fighting the enemy and fighting the bitter cold. During his third month, as spring neared, the ice began to thaw and Private Rockwell Pond fell thru the ice but was saved by his fellow soldiers.

After the war Rocky returned home to Leominster and found employment at Leominster Ice Company where he worked for many years. Rocky’s favorite past time has always been fishing including ice fishing. It was the middle of March 1954 while he was ice fishing on the pond off of West Street and a group of kids were skating near by, when one of them fell thru the ice. Without any hesitation Rocky raced over to where the youngster went down, searched under the ice till he found him and pulled him to safety.

As a result of his heroic action the City of Leominster renamed the pond off of West Street to “Rockwell Pond” in his honor.

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Tell Us About Your Unit, Division, Squadron or Platoon History etc.

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If you send me the name of your unit, division, squadron or platoon etc.  I will research it and publish it’s information and photos on  Any photos that you have from your days in the military will be much appreciated.  See the  email below to share your stories and photos.

If you have a son, daughter, cousin, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend that is in the Armed Forces now, I will gladly post a big THANK YOU! to them, just email me their info, photo, unit, branch of service and I’ll ‘get it done’.  Shout outs are welcome and encouraged. supports our Troops 100% and we would like them to feel the love!

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USO – Having Our Troop’s Backs Since 1941

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. 

USO Lifting the Spirits of Our Troops Since 1941Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO. proudly supports and salutes The USO for all they have done for ALL Veterans and their families…since 1941.  Thanks USO!  Please consider donating to and supporting the USO.