"The Oklahoma Poet"
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|I am honored and very proud to have made these Challenge Coins that
have now come to life all from a book that is called, "A Soldier's Whisper
and Reflections and In Memory Of...". As you come to hold a piece of
history in your own hands, from the blood sweat and tears of many
veterans that have served to protect this very land, this coin itself
represents the honor and the pride in which we live, as we protect that
very freedom that you my friend will always have.
So remember some will come just to visit, and others will come to rest.
So let me say Semper-Fi, and God Bless to all our Vets.
SSGT Ralph L. Butler Jr. "Rowdy"
Below are a few responses from many who has shared a few kind words
about these coins.
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|These are words that are written and engraved from the blood of a true wordsmith.
These words are branded into coin. As it honors our Vets from the pride and dignity of combat veterans
NOW THIS is a very moving coin. That says many things in the eyes of those that have seen what
many do not know. Carry on my brother with pride and honor just like you do.
I have heard you say many times in the past that your true colors will always shine through. Let me tell
you this, I can truly see those very colors in a coin like this that speaks to me. I SALUTE YOU for that.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the
Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his
understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and
increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and
young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
distribute Wreaths all over the Nation, for The National Wreath Day, in December, at Arlington National Cemetery, which has
spread to nearly all the National and Military Cemeteries across the country.
This trucker's post gave his individual lengthy itinerary for delivering these Honor Wreaths, which included Ft Riley, KS. I
commented to his post, and ask him what this all meant, what exactly was he doing.
He briefly explained, and I was so awe struck with my heart skipping a beat (or two) by someone having such an event, laying
wreaths on graves of all the fallen military and that many volunteer truckers were participating in the event, to make this all
I have heard about National Wreath Day, but had no idea what it actually was.
My only son, is buried at Ft Riley Cemetery, and I asked this stranger if he would be kind enough, that when he delivered wreath's
to Ft Riley, would he just turn in the direction of the cemetery, where he stood, and render a short salute in honor of my son, as
with family health problems, haven't been able to visit my son's grave almost 4 years now.
Going ABOVE AND BEYOND, his responsibility of being "just a trucker delivering goods", he informed me, that his wife is riding
shotgun in his big rig, and that they would seek my son's gravestone, salute him personally, and leave a memento of their visit.
My friends, by the good graces of God, there is still a Free America, with good people of HONOR, RESPECT, BROTHERHOOD and
COMPASSION !! Don't kid yourselves folks, We are going down a very bumpy road at present, but, We are not lost, Our fine
America is not lost, and we will not lose. We, like this Trucker Stranger, ABOVE AND BEYOND, will not let it happen! America will
survive and prevail. ~Jerry Newman, 30 November 2014
When the wreaths were delivered to Ft Riley, KS, all kinds of surprises exploded. #1 - This "trucker stranger" contacted the Ft
Riley Coordinator for directions, and was personally escorted in. #2 - Instead of a simple salute, as requested, this "trucker
stranger" was escorted to my son's gravesite, and all kinds of honors were rendered by Rowdy. On top of that I received a
personal phone call from the Post Coordinator. #3 - This pic above was chosen by Ft Riley and published on their National Wreath
Day Program brochure along with one of Rowdy's poems. #4 - I have received all kinds of honorable personal contacts,
correspondence from total strangers. #5 - My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and her three children participated in the
ceremony today. #6 – This kind and thoughtful act received the attention of the National Wreath’s Across America Headquarters.
All because of the integrity and respect from a "trucker stranger".
To add to the shock of Rowdy’s noble cause, I was contacted yesterday (28Apr15) that a new Challenge Coin was being drafted,
using one of Rowdy’s photo’s kneeling at my son’s grave.
Contrary to some past comments/questions directed to Rowdy, he and I have never met to see each other and shake hands. This
has all been a complete shocking experience for me and my entire family, that such people like Rowdy still exist. We have still
never met to this day (but will).
I ask of everyone, now that you know the History of this page and Rowdy’s continued cause to the Wreaths, I, the father of a fallen
soldier, and posthumous recipient of this Cause and Challenge Coin, ask that all of you do not see the coin as “my son’s grave”,
but rather, the symbol of ALL fallen brothers and sisters of the Military, Emergency Services, and Public Servants. I, nor my son,
and entire family do not want any credit whatsoever, other than being the catalyst that inspired Rowdy, to be so deep hearted in
his cause. This, my friends “a simple small request” by me, to Rowdy, is “what started it all”! God Bless each and every one of you
for joining and supporting him. ~1stSgt Retired Jerry Newman, USMC Vietnam Veteran